Chamber Choir

Isle of Song

Thursday 23 June 2022, 19:30 - 21:30
St Mary Aldermarymap ]
Watling Street
London EC4M 9BW

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

If music were matter, each song, once sung, would softly settle in a sonorous layer of sound – and with the passing of time we’d build up a beautiful bedrock of music. Britain, with its longstanding choral tradition, would truly be an isle of song, the sediment of its constituent scores clear to be seen in the white cliffs of Dover…

…and it’s such a cross-section of compositions, representing half a millennium of music, which Orlando Chamber Choir unearths for its summer programme. Your ears will be drawn to the choral ore of two golden ages as we pick out some sparkling motets and part-songs of the late English Renaissance and explore the warmly-glowing wealth of works written in the first half of the 20th century.

Join us on a journey through time made song and let its melodies softly settle on your soul.


William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
Sing joyfully
Richard Dering (c.1580 - 1630)
Factum est silentium
Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625)
O clap your hands together
William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
Haec dies
Thomas Morley (1557 - 1602)
In dew of roses
Thomas Tomkins (1572 - 1656)
Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers
Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623)
Thule, the period of cosmography
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924)
Three Motets:
Coelos ascendit hodie
Justorum animae
Beati quorum via
Janet Wheeler (1957 - )
Beati quorum via
Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
As torrents in summer
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)
Three Shakespeare songs:
Full fathom five
The cloud-capp'd towers
Over hill, over dale
Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979)
Weep you no more, sad fountains