UPCOMING EVENTS

HELSINKI CONCERT

George Parris Master's Exam Concert

Saturday 22nd February, 6.00pm

Sibelius Academy R-Building Concert Hall,
Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 9, Helsinki, FINLAND

The Carice Singers make their first visit to Finland to perform in the Master's Degree Exam Concert of their Conductor, George Parris. The concert will mark Parris' completion of his studies at the Sibelius Academy, and also include Helsinki-based choir Spira Ensemble. 

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Elgar famously wrote 'the trees are singing my music - or have I sung theirs?'.  Often his music evokes a sense that nature really is speaking to its listener, placing him within a wider aesthetic of Naturklang which can be found in many pieces from across Northern Europe. 

 

Focusing on springtime, we explore this rich repertoire of music, with part-songs by Elgar and his English contemporaries alongside some fascinating European rarities and a vibrant piece by Australian composer Ross Edwards.  

 

 

PROGRAMME:

Herbert Howells           The Summer is coming
Edward Elgar                 The Shower & The Fountain
Jean Sibelius                  Sydämeni laulu (Song of my heart)
Leevi Madetoja              Kevätunta  (Dreams of Spring)

Rued Langgaard            Lokkende toner (Enticing tones)   
John Ireland                    Spring, the sweet Spring 
Edward Elgar                  Owls: An Epitaph O Wild West Wind       
INTERVAL  
Frederick Delius             On Craig Ddu (An Impression of Nature)
Max Reger                       Schweigen (Silence)
Ralph Vaughan Williams  Silence and Music 

Arvo Pärt                          The Deer’s Cry
Ross Edwards                  Sacred Kingfisher Psalms

Conductor: George Parris

13

Mar

Witney, Oxfordshire
Friday 13th March, 7.30pm

High Street Methodist Church, Witney, OX28 6HG
Tickets: £12 or via subscription to Witney Music Society
available at the venue from 7pm on the day or online (with a booking fee)

14

Mar

Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire
Saturday 14th March, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk 6.45pm)

St Peter ad Vincula, Church St, Hampton Lucy, CV35 8BE
Tickets: £15 unreserved (in aid of the church restoration fund)
Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing jandmwhyman@btinternet.com

18
Mar

Richmond, North Yorkshire
Richmondshire Concerts
Wednesday 18th March, 7.30pm 

Influence Church, Victoria Rd, Richmond, DL10 4AS
Tickets: £16 adults / £1 full-time students 

 

 

 

 

 

Newbury Spring Festival
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay 

Monday 11th May, 7.30pm 

St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, RG20 0AL
 

 


 

11
May

Sacred & Profane

St Eadburgha's Church, Broadway

Saturday 9th May, 7.30pm

A rare performance of Britten's Sacred Profane with five solo voices, along with J.S. Bach's much cherished motet Jesu, meine Freude

 

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PAST EVENTS:

October 2019

In Paradisum
St Mary's Bourne Street,
All Saints' Honington,
Oxford Lieder Festival

Saturday 12th October, 6.30pm
Sunday 13th October, 6.30pm
Tuesday 15th October, 10.00pm

PROGRAMME:

Henry Purcell              Hear my prayer, O Lord
                                       Funeral Sentences
Carlo Gesualdo          Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday I-III
Edvard Grieg               Fire Salmer*
Galina Grigorjeva        In Paradisum

Conductor: George Parris
*soloists: Synnøve Saetre, David Le Prevost

JULY 2019

Sounding North

Cheltenham Music Festival, The Swedish Church in London, St Mary's Church Warwick

Friday 5th July, 3.00pm
Saturday 6th July, 7.30pm
Sunday 7th July, 2.30pm

Tuesday 9th July, 7.30pm


Premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Oxford Lieder Festival, we visited Cheltenham, London, and Warwick with our regional exploration of Nordic choral music.

PROGRAMME:

Icelandic Hymn              Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, smith of the heavens)
Edvard Grieg                   Hvad est du dog skjøn (How fair thou art)
Wilhelm Stenhammar  September
Jean Sibelius                  Rakastava (The Lover)
Kaija Saariaho                 Nuits, Adieux (Nights, Farewell)

David Wikander             Förvårskväll (Spring evening)   
Matthew Whittall           Lauantaisauna (Saturday sauna)                 
Per Nørgård                   Maya Danser (Maya Dances)

Arr. Ørjan Matre             Halleluja, vår strid er endt (Halleluja, our struggle ends
Karin Rehnqvist             I himmelen (In Heaven's hall)

Conductor: George Parris

JANUARY 2019

Twelfth Night

LONDON & WARWICK 
Friday 4th January, 7.30pm (St Mary's, Bourne Street, London)

Saturday 5th January, 6.00pm (St Mary's Church, Warwick)

Two evening concerts with a stunning seasonal programme meditating on the nocturnal mysteries of Twelfth Night. 

 

PROGRAMME:

Samuel Barber            Twelfth Night

Walter Lambe              Nesciens Mater

Herbert Howells          Here is the Little Door
                                       Sing lullaby
                                       A spotless rose

Nicholas Ludford        Ave Cujus Conceptio
Francis Poulenc          Un Soir de Neige

INTERVAL

Per Nørgård                 Winter hymn

Robert White               Christie qui lux es et dies
Gustav Mahler (arr. Gottwald)
                                       Um mitternacht
Peter Warlock              The Rich Cavalcade
                                       Bethlehem Down
Sergei Rachmaninov   Bogoroditse Devo

Conductor: George Parris


 

OCTOBER 2018

In Memoriam

Barcheston, Warwickshire

Sunday 11th November, 4.00pm

St Martin's Church, Barcheston, Warwickshire, CV36 5AY

 A special Remembrance Day concert in aid of St Martin's Church Fabric Fund, the Royal British Legion, and Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

Eternal be the Sleep

Music at Pinner

Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm

Pinner Parish Church, Church Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3AA

The final performance in our 2018 series, 'Eternal be the Sleep', commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War.

 

OCTOBER 2018

Sounding North

Oxford Lieder Festival

Saturday 20th October, 10.00pm

New College Ante-Chapel, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN

Concluding the Oxford Lieder Festival's Nordic day, 'Sounding North' presented its audience with the broadest possible experience of Nordic sound, from Swedish herding calls to sounds of the Finnish sauna.

PROGRAMME:

Icelandic Hymn             Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, smith of the heavens)
Edvard Grieg                 Hvad est du dog skjøn (How fair is your face)
Jean Sibelius                  Rakastava (The Lover)
Norwegian folksong     Jeg lagde mig så sildig (I lay down so late)
Kaija Saariaho               Nuits, Adieux (Nights, Farewell)
Wilhelm Stenhammar  September
Toivo Kuula                    Nuku (Sleep)

Per Nørgård                   Maya Danser (Maya Dances)
Matthew Whittall          Lauantaisauna (Saturday sauna)

Karin Rehnqvist             I himmelen (In Heaven's hall)


CD LAUNCH CONCERT

St Pauls Knightsbridge, London

Friday 5th October, 7.30pm

St Paul's Knightsbridge, 32a Wilton Place, London, SW1X 8SH

A special performance of Hubert Parry's poignant Songs of Farewell and other British choral works to mark the release of our new disc for the BBC Music Magazine

Eternal be the Sleep

Parry 100 Festival

Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm

St Peter's Church, Hinton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2EE

The third performance in our 2018 series, 'Eternal be the Sleep', commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War. This concert was part of the Parry 100 Festival, and took place in the stunning St Peter's Church, Bournemouth, where Hubert Parry was christened in 1848.

 

PROGRAMME:

Ivor Gurney                Since I believe in God the Father Almighty

C. Hubert H. Parry     Sorrow and pain

Cecilia McDowall       I know that my redeemer liveth

C. Hubert H. Parry     Love is a sickness

Edward Elgar              They are at rest

Herbert Howells        Psalm 121
                                     Requiem aeternam (2)

Gustav Holst               
Nunc Dimittis

INTERVAL

C. Hubert H. Parry     Songs of Farewell

 

AUGUST 2018

Music's Measure

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Sunday 26th August, 3.30pm

St James' Church, Chipping Campden, Glos., GL55 6JG

The choir returns to Chipping Campden for a programme inspired by music's close connection to mathematics, including a piece supposedly written to reflect the proportions of Brunelleschi’s Duomo in Florence.

PROGRAMME:

Edward Elgar                There is Sweet Music
Johannes Ockeghem   Kyrie from Missa Prolationum
Johannes Brahms        Einförmig ist der Liebe Gram
Josquin Des Prez          Inviolata integra es
Guillaume Dufay         
Nuper rosarum flores
György Ligeti                Lux aeterna
Arvo Pärt                      Nunc Dimittis

Per Nørgård                 Maya Danser (Maya Dances)
Benjamin Britten        Hymn to St Cecilia

Conductor: George Parris

JULY 2018

Eternal be the Sleep

Cheltenham Music Festival

Thursday 5th July, 3.00pm
(Preceded by a Pre-Concert Talk at 2.00pm)

Holy Innocents Church, Highnam, nr Gloucester, GL2 8DP

The second performance of our 2018 series, 'Eternal be the Sleep', commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War. This concert was held in the remarkable Parry family church at Highnam and marks The Carice Singers' debut at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

PROGRAMME:

Ivor Gurney                Since I believe in God the Father Almighty

C. Hubert H. Parry     Sorrow and pain

Cecilia McDowall       I know that my redeemer liveth

C. Hubert H. Parry     Love is a sickness

Edward Elgar              They are at rest

Herbert Howells        Psalm 121
                                     Requiem aeternam (2)

Gustav Holst               
Nunc Dimittis

INTERVAL

C. Hubert H. Parry     Songs of Farewell

Conductor: George Parris

 

APRIL 2018

The Celtic North

The Ludlow Weekend of English Song

Saturday 7th April, 2.00pm

St Laurence's Church, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AN

An exploration of the mysterious and unruly 'Celtic North', a term used by the composer and poet Sir Arnold Bax in a radio interview of 1932. He was referring to the atmosphere evoked by the landscapes of Ireland's Western seaboard, the Scottish Highlands and islands, and parts of Fennoscandia which, for some imaginative people at the turn of the twentieth century, proved inescapable. 

PROGRAMME:

Icelandic hymn                Heyr, himna smiður

C. Hubert H. Parry          There is an old belief
Wilhelm Stenhammar    September

Leevi Madetoja                Kevätunta (Dreaming of Spring)

C. Hubert H. Parry          Never weather-beaten sail

Edvard Grieg               Ved Rondane (At Rondane)
Percy Grainger            A Song of Värmeland
Frederick Delius         The splendour falls on castle walls
arr. Eyvind Alnaes      Jeg lagde mig så sildig (I lay down so late)
Toivo Kuula                 Nuku (Sleep)

 

Ina Boyle        Gaelic Hymns

Arnold Bax    This Worldes Joie

MARCH 2018

Eternal be the Sleep

Oakham School Chapel

Thursday 15th March, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT

The first performance of our 2018 series, 'Eternal be the Sleep', commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War.

 

 

 

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