Saturday June 27 2015 


Woburn Parish Church


40th Anniversary Concert
Cavalli Magnificat

Dankworth Thy Kingdom Gone

Mozart Requiem

Bethany Seymour (soprano)
Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)
Joel Williams (tenor)
Callum Thorpe (bass)
Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Conductor Ian Smith

Cavalli’s Magnificat is a joyful and unjustly neglected work in the grand Venetian polychoral style pioneered by Monteverdi.
Thy Kingdom Gone, composed by our late President, Sir John Dankworth, was commissioned by the Danesborough Chorus and given its premiere in June 1983.
Mozart’s glorious Requiem, which forms the climax of this concert, is one of the most famous works in the entire choral repertoire. Do come and join us as we celebrate 40 years of outstanding and eclectic music-making.

20 June 2015

St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm ends (c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £18 (£16)

The ancient tale of Dido, the tragic Carthaginian queen, provided ready inspiration for Henry Purcell‘s enduring opera Dido & Aeneas. Alongside the character of Dido, the short opera (given here in a concert performance) is filled with vivid orchestral music, supporting characters and memorable choruses. The first half of the concert showcases Purcell’s choral music, in pieces that are amongst his largest scale choral compositions. We explore his string anthems both for Coronations (here including My Heart is Inditing) and more general use (such as O Sing unto the Lord and Rejoice in the Lord Alway).

Dido – Bethany Seymour
Aeneas – Jonathan Hanley



May 16th
St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm (ends c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £14 (£12)

Music for the Tudors – Part Two

Taverner Gloria tibi Trinitas
Sheppard Media vita
Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

Part two of our survey of Tudor music is another feast of sound, offering the rare chance to hear the glorious sonorities of two masterpieces of English polyphony. We celebrate John Sheppard’s 500th anniversary with his extraordinary In Media Vita (In the midst of life we are in death), a haunting exploration of various texts, including the Nunc DimittisTaverner‘s six voice Gloria Tibi Trinitas is a monument of English choral music and arguably ranks amongst the very greatest of English choral compositions.

25 APR 2015 (SAT) 7.30pm
Christ Church, Skipton

I am delighted to perform with Clothworkers Consort of Leeds once again. Formerly known as Leeds University Liturgical Choir, I was a member for my full three years at university and have wonderful memories from this time.

Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and Skipton Building Society Camerata are joining forces to give the first modern-day performance of Philip Hayes’ oratorio The Judgment of Hermes. The music is in the galant style and full of engaging lyrical melody supported by a varied instrumental palette. The text features Hermes and the muses Melpomene (the muse of song), Calliope (the muse of epic poetry) and Terpsichore (the muse of dance) who undertake an Enlightenment exploration of the pains and pleasures of life. Hayes (1738-1797), a member of the Chapel Royal and Professor of Music at Oxford, was one of the most important English composers of his day. In 1791 he welcomed Joseph Haydn to Oxford to receive an honorary doctorate. Haydn’s Symphony in G, no. 92 was performed at the Sheldonian Theatre during this visit, after which it became known as ‘The Oxford Symphony’. Haydn’s brilliant symphony will be paired with Hayes’ oratorio, the first performance of this delightful work (as far as we know) since its composition in 1783.

With the support of a Higher Education Innovation Funding grant, a research team led by Bryan White has developed a performing edition of the work. Recently completed Leeds PhD student Chris Roberts transcribed the new edition from the two surviving copies: the autograph (held in the Library of Congress), and a direct copy of it made by the nineteenth-century Sheffield music collector W.T. Freeman and now in the Brotherton Library at Leeds. Another recent Leeds PhD graduate Fiona Smith is advising on the relationship between score and parts in Hayes’ works, and her research will be reflected in the performance. The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Societyhas given generous funding to support the performance.

The performance will take place at Christ Church, Skipton (Cross Street, BD23 2AH), at 7.30pm on 25 April, directed by Ben Crick, founder and artistic director of the Camerata. Bryan White will give a pre-concert talk about Hayes and his music at the church at 6.15. Tickets, £10-£17 are available online ( and on the door.

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May 9 2014

Handel Gloria

Spectrum Chamber Choir and Sinfonia
Bethany Seymour  soprano
Ben Horden  conductor

Gloria Vivaldi
Gloria Handel
Dixit Dominus Handel

Spectrum Chamber Choir and Sinfonia join forces to perform two greats of the Baroque repertoire. In a return visit to Ripon Cathedral, following their successful performance of Handel’s Messiah in November, the choir presents Vivaldi’s popular Gloria and Handel’s celebrated Dixit dominus. Also on the programme is Handel’s recently discovered Gloria for solo soprano, and as a founding member of Spectrum I am delighted to perform alongside them once again.

Tickets: Standard £14 | Concessions £10 | Students and U18s £5
available from 01904 658338 or
or from the Cathedral Gift Shop