The Ebor Singers September News

The Ebor Singers

2015 Season
September 2015

After the summer break, we're back with four performances between now and Christmas, including The Late Music Festival (3 October), a St Cecilia Gala Concert with pre-concert reception (21 November) and A Ceremony of Carols (19 December).   Before that, we are taking part in Yornight this Friday, 25 September.   Further details of our 2016 concerts will follow soon.


Friday 25 September, 8.45-9.15pm, Museum Gardens

Architexture II is a new work by University of York lecturer and composer Ambrose Field, and the piece will be performed in the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey with the aid of technology, so the singers will be singing in a virtual acoustic of the pre-Dissolution building.  Ambrose's music is miminalist, with rhythmic, melodic and texture ideas developing and overlapping over time. 

More details of Yornight are available here

Listen to a preview of Architexture II  here

Click here  for an extract from our first collaboration with Ambrose, Architexture I


Saturday 3 October at 7.30pm, Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate
Tavener to Taverner

Tickets: £10 / £8 (concessions)

Our Late Music Festival concert follows the medieval pilgrimage trail in the north-east, with 16th-century John Taverner’s St William Mass (also known as the Small Devotion Mass), 20th-century John Tavener’s Ikons for St Cuthbert of Durham and St Hilda of Whitby, as well as festival commissions by David Power and Tim Brooks.

> Further details and tickets: available here 


Saturday 21 November National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate
7.30pm:  Concert in honour of St Cecilia: Monteverdi Vespers
Tickets:  £12 / £10 concessions
We celebrate St Cecilia this year with Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, a choir and audience favourite, alongside our 2015 St Cecilia Commission, Philae's Landing by James Cave.

Here are a few words from James, currently a PhD student at the University of York and member of the choir:
On 12 November 2014, after ten years of space travel, the Philae space-probe achieved the first-ever landing on the surface of a comet, and sent the first-ever images from a comet's surface back to Earth. Only three days later, the probe fell silent: its solar-powered batteries had failed, due to lack of sunlight. This summer, Philae briefly reawoke, only to descend once more into silence. Its last reported communication was on 9 July 2015.  David Thorley's poem is a reimagining of the Cecilian Ode, a hymn of praise to music and its role in the celestial order, for the 21st century, told from the  perspective of the lonely space-probe.

Tickets are available from the National Centre for Early Music:
St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL
Tel: 01904 658338 

Tickets are also available from Eventbrite

Saturday 19 December at 7.30pm:
A Ceremony of Carols

National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate
Tickets:  £12 / £10 concessions

Benjamin Britten's festive A Ceremony of Carols is the masterful centrepiece of The Ebor Singers' ever-popular Christmas concert by candlelight, in the intimate candlelit surroundings of the National Centre for Early Music. The programme also features a sequence of seasonal music framed by movements from Tomas de Victoria’s Missa O magnum mysterium.

Tickets are available from the National Centre for Early Music:
St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL
Tel: 01904 658338  

Tickets are also available from Eventbrite

We really appreciate your support when attending our concerts.  If you wish to take your support a stage further, and become a choir Friend, then please visit our website for more details. 

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Paul Gameson
Director, The Ebor Singers
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