UPCOMING EVENTS

6 JULY

2022

LEND AN EAR

ST JOHN AT BETHNAL GREEN, 7.30PM

We give the London premieres of six new works by early-career composers who will each introduce their own piece. Two iconic pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams frame the programme, marking the composer’s tireless efforts in supporting and promoting contemporary music throughout his life. 

Programme:
Ralph Vaughan Williams - O Vos Omnes
Aileen Sweeney - Canntaireachd
Will Harmer - Loneliness
Claire Victoria Roberts - Interlude 3
James Batty - Waneth the watch, the weaker ones dwell
Electra Perivolaris - If this island…
Michele Deiana - A new center
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G Minor

TICKETS - £20

9 JULY

2022

SPEM IN ALIUM: 40 VOICES, 40 YEARS

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL, 7.30PM

Lichfield Festival celebrates 40 years with this special concert featuring two 40-part works. One, by Thomas Hyde, will receive its world premiere, and the other is the timeless centrepiece of the English Renaissance: Tallis' Spem in alium. The Carice Singers will also perform works by Vaughan Williams, whose music owes so much to Tallis and his contemporaries.

Programme:

Ralph Vaughan Williams - O Vos Omnes


                                            Mass in G Minor


                                            The Cloud-capp'd Towers

Thomas Hyde - New work in 40-parts (World Premiere)

Thomas Tallis - Spem in alium 


TICKETS - £14-£40

16 JULY

2022

SERENADE TO MUSIC: VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 150

ST. MARY'S CHURCH, BANBURY 7.30PM

Conductor George Parris returns to his home town to lead Banbury Choral Society together with The Carice Singers in a special concert celebrating Ralph Vaughan Williams' 150th anniversary. The programme will include two choral masterpieces, the Mass in G Minor and Serenade to Music, with each choir also performing a selection of shorter works by Vaughan Williams and his close contemporaries.

Concert includes:

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G Minor

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Silence and Music

Gustav Holst - This have I done for my true love

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Serenade to Music 

TICKETS £15, under15s £5

 
 
 
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25 JULY

2022

HEREFORD CATHEDRAL 3PM

The Carice Singers' make our debut at The Three Choirs Festival with a concert travelling between the British Isles and Finnish forests - with choral songs by Elgar and Sibelius, two world-famous contemporaries who, despite coming from opposite ends of Europe, share many similarities in their music. The second half features the premiere of Scottish composer Electra Perivolaris’ If this island.., a piece influenced by the Hebridean Waulking Song tradition, followed by Finnish Matthew Whittall’s evocative choral song-cycle which sets familiar poems by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Programme:

Elgar - There is Sweet Music                                          
Sibelius - Min rastas raataa, Saarella palaa, Rakastava                                             Elgar - Evening scene, The Fountain
Sibelius - Venematka, Sydämeni laulu
Elgar - Owls, O Wild west wind!
Perivolaris - If this island...
Whittall - Songs of Travel                       
 

TICKETS - £10 - £32

12 OCT

2022

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 150th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

KINGS PLACE, LONDON, 7.30PM

We're delighted to return to Kings Place, with a programme to celebrate the enduring legacy of Ralph Vaughan Williams. With his most iconic choral work at its heart, the radiant Mass in G, we interweave his music with that of his pupils and friends. His support of female composers such as Ina Boyle, Elizabeth Maconchy and Imogen Holst shines a light on the radical outlook of a man mistaken for a conservative. Highlights include Gustav Holst’s enchanting ‘This have I done for my true love’ alongside an evocative soundscape from Vaughan Williams’ Swedish contemporary, Hugo Alfvén, depicting the evening sun as it sinks into the sea.

Programme:

Ralph Vaughan Williams - O Vos Omnes

Ina Boyle - Hymn

Hugo Alfvén - Aftonen (The evening)

Elizabeth Maconchy - A Hymn to God the Father

Imogen Holst - A Hymne to Christ

Gustav Holst - This have I done for my true love

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Silence and Music

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G Minor

TICKETS £8.50 - £26.50

25 NOV

2022

With a focus on Estonian female composers, our programme celebrates Galina Grigorjeva’s 60th birthday with the UK premiere of her 2017 work Vespers and commemorates the recent passing of Ester Mägi who would have been 100 this year. Also included are works by Evelin Seppar showing the rich diversity of styles that have become vitally important to Estonia as a ‘singing nation’.

Programme:

Grigorjeva - Dark Night of the Soul

Seppar - This Night

Mägi - Siin mu rõõmumaa

Seppar - Psalm 129

Grigorjeva - Vespers

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Arvo Pärt Festival, Music at Oxford

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PAST EVENTS

2022 Concerts, celebrating Vaughan Williams' 150th Anniversary

26 FEB

GREAT MALVERN PRIORY

Featuring Victoria’s Requiem Officium Defunctorum, 1605 and the world premiere of a Requiem Mass by Derek Smith, composed in memory of his wife during the 2020 lockdown.

9 APR

ST LAURENCE'S CHURCH, LUDLOW

We began our celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams' 150th Anniversary with a concert at Ludlow English Song Weekend, showcasing his legacy on female composers and featuring the world premiere of Ina Boyle's Caedmon's Hymn.

8 MAY

Newbury Spring Festival

ST JOHN'S CHURCH, NEWBURY

We were delighted to present a festival service with music by Tallis, Vaughan Williams and Imogen Holst. 

14 MAY

Chiltern Arts: Choral Music Discovery Day

Our day at St. Mary's Church, Princes Risborough began with a singalong workshop on the music of Vaughan Williams, and we were joined by Annika Lindskog, guiding us through the Swedish language and context around music by his contemporary Hugo Alfvén. The afternoon's concert featured works by Vaughan Williams along with composers who had similarly strong responses to the outdoors.

22 MAY

Programme:

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Silence and Music
Ina Boyle - Hymn

Ralph Vaughan Williams - folksong arrangement: The springtime of the year
Hugo Alfvén - Aftonen (The evening)
Jean Sibelius - Män från slätten och havet (Men from plain and sea)

Ralph Vaughan Williams - folksong arrangement: Just as the tide was flowing
Gustav Holst - This have I done for my true love
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G Minor

Vaughan Williams at Hill Barn in the Cotswolds

Hill Barn is a stunning new venue for Carice Singers in the Cotswolds, nestled on a hill just west of Stow-on-the-Wold. We were so pleased to fill the venue with singing in our very first performance there. Our audience enjoyed amazing views of the surrounding countryside, paired with a programme celebrating Vaughan Williams and composers who shared his love of the great outdoors. After the concert, we enjoyed meeting our audience and supporters, and sharing the panoramic views with a drinks reception. 

4 JUNE

HARK TO THOSE SOUNDS

ST MARTIN'S CHURCH, WORCESTER

We made our debut at the Elgar Festival with a programme paring the choral songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor side-by-side with Elgar’s and viewing how both composers engaged with the difficult issues of class, gender, and race. 

Elgar - The shower


Coleridge-Taylor - By the lone sea-shore


Elgar - The fountain
Elgar - 5 Part-songs from the Greek Anthology

Coleridge-Taylor - Summer is gone

Elgar - My love dwelt in a northern land, Death on the hills

Coleridge-Taylor - Dead in the Sierras
, The fair at Almachara


Rebecca Clarke - Music, when soft voice die

Elgar - Serenade


Elgar - Love’s tempest

Coleridge-Taylor - All my stars forsake me, The lee-shore

26 JUNE

DELIUS SOCIETY
60th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

5 Carice Singers appeared at the Angela Burgess Hall, Royal Academy of Music for the premiere of a new work by Danish composer Bo Holten, inspired by Delius' 'Two Songs for Children', at this unique concert of chamber music to mark The Delius Society's 60th anniversary year.

Programme:

Bo Holten - The Delian Madrigal (World Premeiere)

Delius - Two Songs for Children

2021 Events, Celebrating our 10th Anniversary

Christmas with the Carice Singers

Programme: 

Ešenvalds - O Emmanuel


Dove - Welcome, all wonders in one sight! 


Victoria - O Magnum Mysterium


Berlioz - The shepherd’s farewell
Rutter - Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Sibelius - Nyt seimelle Pienoisen Lapsen


Mäntyjärvi - Ave Maria d’Aosta
Whittall - Christmas hath a darkness



Friderici - Aetas carmen melodiae
 Puer natus in Bethlehem


Howells - Three Carol Anthems


arr. Darlington - Stile Nacht 


Gardner - Tomorrow shall be my dancing day


Warlock - Bethlehem Down
 

18 DEC

Eaton College Chapel

21 DEC

Leamington Music

A Bridge of Song: Tenth Anniversary
Concerts 2021

Programme: 
Edward Elgar Go, Song of Mine
Veljo Tormis
 Laulusild (Bridge of Song)
Jean Sibelius Venematka (The boat journey)
Einojuhani Rautavaara Sommarnatten (The summer night)

Alex Freeman Calle sin nombre (Street with no name) (UK premiere)

Undine Smith Moore We shall walk through the valley in peace

Matthew Whittall Songs of Travel 

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8 SEPT

Newbury Autumn Festival

9 SEPT

St. Sepulchre, London

Cheltenham Music Festival 2021

We are immensely proud to have been Ensemble in Residence at the 2021 Cheltenham Music Festival.

3 JULY

Songs of Travel

CHURCH OF ST GREGORY THE GREAT, CHELTENHAM

Programme: 

Two settings of poems by Ernst Viktor Knape:
Jean Sibelius Män från slätten och havet (Men from plain and sea)
Einojuhani Rautavaara Sommarnatten (The summer night)
Arnold Bax Five Greek Folksongs

Alex Freeman Calle sin nombre (Street with no name) (UK premiere)

Undine Smith Moore We shall walk through the valley in peace

Matthew Whittall Songs of Travel (World premiere)

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4 JULY

In the Footsteps of Hubert Parry

HIGHNAM PARISH CHURCH

George Parris led a guided tour of the Highnam Estate, once home to the composer Hubert Parry.

5 JULY

Classical Mixtape

GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL

In the glorious setting of Gloucester Cathedral we performed alongside cellist Clare O'Connell and trumpeter Aaron Diaz and gave the world premiere of Lillie Harris's 'The Dusk of Thee'.

6-9 JULY

Composer Academy 

We worked alongside composer Daniel Kidane bringing new works by six early-career composers to life. The week ended with six world premiere performances in the Pittville Pump Room as part of the Composium event.

Aileen Sweeney            Canntaireachd

Electra Perivolaris           If this island...
Will Harmer                       Loneliness
Claire Victoria Roberts   Interlude
James Batty                     Waneth the watch, the weaker ones dwell
Michele Deiana               A new centre

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3 JUNE 2021

KINGS PLACE, LONDON

Programme

Elgar

Sibelius

 

   

Elgar    

Sibelius     

Elgar  

      
Sibelius     

 

Elgar          
 

Sibelius     
 

Whittall     

My love dwelt in a northern land

Min rastas raataa (What the thrush toils)

Män från slätten och havet (Men from plain and sea)       Evening Scene

The Fountain

Rakastava (The lover)

Love
Serenade 
Sortunut ääni (The broken voice)
Saarella palaa (Fire on the island)
Owls (An Epitaph)
O Wild west wind!
Sydämeni laulu (Song of my heart)
Venematka (The boat journey)
Lauantaisauna (Saturday sauna)

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RICHMOND CONCERT SOCIETY &

ST JAMES CHURCH,

          CHIPPING CAMPDEN

Programme

Elgar

Delius

Sibelius

Madetoja

Ireland

Langaard

Elgar

Vaughan Williams

Pärt

Parris

Edwards

The Shower & The Fountain

On Craig Ddu

Sydämeni laulu (Song of my heart)

Onnelliset (The Happy Ones) 

Spring, the sweet Spring

Lokkende Toner (Enticing tones) 

Owls & O wild west wind! 

Silence and music

The Deer's Cry

Now welcome somer

Sacred kingfisher psalms

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HELSINKI

Saturday 22nd Feburary 2020

Sibelius Academy Concert Hall

 

PAST PROGRAMMES

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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)

Premiered in 2018 at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

   Subsequent performances at:

   Cheltenham Music Festival 

   Swedish Church in London

   St Mary's, Warwick

   (July 2019)

TWELFTH
NIGHT

PROGRAMME

Samuel Barber                                    Twelfth Night

Walter Lambe                                  Nesciens Mater

Herbert Howells                       Here is a Little Door

                                                               Sing Lullaby

                                                          A spotless rose

Nicholas Ludford                    Ave Cujus Conceptio

Francis Poulenc                            Un Soir de Neige

Per Nørgård                                         Winter Hymn

Robert White                   Christie qui lux es et dies 

Gustav Mahler        Um mitternacht (arr. Gottwald)

Peter Warlock                          The Rich Cavalcade

                                                       Bethlehem Down

Sergei Rachmaninov                   Bogoroditse Devo

London & Warwick

January 2019

Commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War.

Eternal Be The Sleep

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

                                 ~

C. Hubert H. Parry     Songs of Farewell

In Memoriam

A special Remembrance Day concert in aid of

St Martin's Church Fabric Fund, the Royal British Legion, and Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

Music included Parry's Songs of Farewell,

Howells Requiem, Jackson's Justorum Animae,

and Pearsall's Lay A Garland.

Barcheston, Warwickshire

SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER, 2018

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 BBC Music Magazine.

CD LAUNCH

ST. PAUL'S KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON

5th OCTOBER 2018

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Performed at Cheltenham Music Festival (July 2018), St. Peter's Bournemouth (October 2018), Music at Pinner (November 2018) 

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

The choir returned 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.

MUSIC'S MEASURE

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

The Celtic North

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The 'Celtic North' - a term used by the composer and poet Sir Arnold Bax in a radio interview of 1932 - refers to the atmosphere evoked by the landscapes of Ireland's Western seaboard, the Scottish Highlands, and parts of Fennoscandia which, for some at the turn of the twentieth century, proved inescapable.

27th APR

2018