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The usual start time for all concerts is 7:30pm at Sunderland Minster, unless otherwise stated. A change of time or venue will be displayed within the events posts below.

On Christmas Night – December 2nd 2017

A Saturday evening concert with Bishopwearmouth Young Singers in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

A cornucopia of Christmas music featuring ‘Ceremony of Carols’ by Britten, ‘On Christmas Night’ by Chilcott, and ‘What Sweeter Music’ by Rutter – with other items, including  a soloist and with Bishopwearmouth Young Singers.

On Christmas Night, by Bob Chilcott, is a musical celebration of the Christmas Story, presented as a sequence of eight original carols. Chilcott calls upon several familiar carol melodies within his own settings, resulting in an array of styles and moods – from comforting and reflective to jubilant, swinging and folksy.

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, is a choral piece by Benjamin Britten, scored for chorus, solo voices, and harp. Written for Christmas, it consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited by Gerald Bullett; it is in Middle English. The piece was written in 1942 while Britten was at sea, going from the USA to England.

What sweeter music can we bring than a carol, for to sing, by John Rutter, goes right to the essence of the season.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

A Christmas Carol – Saturday 16th December 2017

A Saturday evening concert by Bishopwearmouth Young Singers, supported by members of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, at 7.30 p.m. in Ewesley Road Methodist Church.

A performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – words by Tony Runham and music by David Murray.

No tickets necessary but a donation of £5.00 would be most welcome – accompanied under 16s free admission.

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

‘Requiem’ by Duruflé & ‘Gloria’ by Poulenc – March 24th 2018

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website.

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Next concert date – June 23rd 2018

The next planned concert date is June 23rd 2018 – content to be confirmed.
A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Future Programme Proposals

 

The following is the proposed programme of concerts over the coming years. Actual content may be subject to change or additions and all concerts will be advertised as individual items in due course. All dates are 7.30 p.m. on Saturdays in Sunderland Minster unless otherwise noted.

 

 

December 2nd 2017

‘Ceremony of Carols’ by Britten, ‘On Christmas Night’ by Chilcott and ‘What Sweeter Music’ by Rutter plus other Christmas items by a soloist and Bishopwearmouth Young Singers.

March 24th 2018

Duruflé – Requiem and Poulenc – Gloria

June 23rd 2018

A collection of David Murray arrangements of works by – Gershwin, his arrangements for SATB plus piano of They Can’t take that away from Me, The Man I love, Let’s call the Whole Thing off, Fascinating Rhythm – Jerome Kern Medley – four numbers in a continuous medley, namely Smoke gets in your eyes, The way you look tonight, Can’t help lovin’ dat man , Pick yourself Up. – A Carpenters Sequence scored for piano and strings, – and arrangements of Cole Porter.

December 8th 2018 

In Terra Pax – Finzi,  Dona Nobis Pacem – Vaughan Williams.

March 30th 2019 – the Society’s 70th Anniversary Concert

Creation – Haydn.

June 22nd 2019

Adagio for Strings – Barber, Chichester Psalms – Bernstein, Stomp your feet & Chinga Ring Chaw – Copland, Symphonic Dances – Bernstein.

December 7th 2019 – content to be confirmed.

April 4th 2020

June 20th 2020

December 5th 2020

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Next concert date – December 8th 2018

The next planned concert date is December 2nd 2017 – content to be confirmed.

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Coffee Morning – Saturday 4th November 2017

A Saturday morning event in Fulwell Methodist Church from 10.00 a.m. till 12.00 midday.

Why not join the Society in a social event which comes with a raffle and stalls, while enjoying the tea/coffee, scones and a chat.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Mozart – Mass in C Minor & Solemn Vespers – April 8th 2017

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Soloists : Laurie Ashworth (Soprano), Samantha Price (Mezzo-soprano), Richard Pinkstone (Tenor), and Alexander Robin Baker (Baritone).

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website.

 

MOZART: Mass in C minor K.427 “Great Mass”

The Mass in C minor is by far the most ambitious and elaborate of Mozart’s church works.  Hence it came to be known as the ‘Great Mass’.  It is full of Mozart’s very individual capacity for tenderness, humanity and compassion.

Mozart began work on the Mass in C minor in the summer of 1782.  The Mass was written to honour his wife Constanze.  When it was first performed, in Salzburg in October 1783, Constanze herself sang one of the soprano solo parts.

The work was left incomplete – there is only part of the Credo and no Agnus Dei.  It is likely that, for the first performance, he filled in the gaps with music from other compositions.  Others have tried to complete it – our performance will only be of Mozart’s music.

MOZART: Solemn Vespers K339

The ‘Vesperae Solennes de Confessor’, written in 1780, is a jubilant and finely crafted sequence of the traditional psalm settings for Vespers. Mozart chose to set Psalms 110, 113, 117 and the Magnificat.

The presence of trumpets and drums suggests that the score was intended for use on the eve (or possibly on the day) of a Festum Pallii, an important feast-day in Salzburg.

As you will hear, ‘Solennes’ (solemn) does not, in this context, mean gloomy or dismal! Rather it means ‘celebrated with full liturgical ceremony’ and to the eternal delight of the listener, Mozart’s settings invoke the other original meanings of ‘solemn’- sublime and awe-inspiring.

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Monday, June 1st, 2015

‘Song on the Tyne’ – a charity concert at Sage – July 2nd 2017

Song on the Tyne

The Rotary Club of Newcastle upon Tyne presents a charity concert for


 

 

 

 

The Sage Gateshead (Hall One) on Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 7.00 p.m. 

David Murray conducts RYTON CHORAL SOCIETY and BISHOPWEARMOUTH CHORAL SOCIETY in a programme of 20th Century Popular Songs which he has specially arranged for 4 part choir, accompanied by a string quintet. You will hear classics by Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King and many others. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a real show stopper!

The choirs will be joined by the TYNE THEATRE STAGE SCHOOL CHOIR – an outstanding local youth choir. Also making a guest appearance will be soprano SALLY HARRISON – who has sung in the West End production of ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

Tickets: £12, available from The Sage Gateshead box office (Call: 0191 4434661) or via any member of the choral societies.

Monday, June 1st, 2015

An English Christmas – December 3rd 2016

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website.

 

Wassail_edited-1‘An English Christmas’ will provide you with the opportunity to indulge in a wide range of Christmas music from Pies, Cakes and Puddings (Edward Watson), Wassail for Five English Folksongs (Vaughan Williams), Four Old English Carols (Holst), and Winter (Vivaldi) through to more modern settings by Bob Chilcott, including his Twelve Days of Christmas.

 

Monday, June 1st, 2015