Concerts & Events 2021/22 (provisional)

Unless otherwise stated, all concerts start at 7:30pm at

Christ Church West Didsbury
Darley Avenue
M20 2ZD

Saturday 27th November 2021 - To Music, To Singing

The (delayed) Byrds' 50th anniversary concert

Henry Purcell*: Music for a while (solo voice)

   * piano realisation by Benjamin Britten

William Byrd: Sing joyfully

Keith Orrell: From harmony, from heavenly harmony (first performance)

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia

George Dyson: To music

Edward Elgar: There is sweet music, O wild west wind

arr. Stephen Wilkinson: The lark in the clear air

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to music

Stephen Wilkinson: L’envoi (Byrds commissioned piece - first performance)


The programme will also include violin and piano accompaniment and ensemble pieces including Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending     

Details of our previous concerts can be found on the 'Join the Choir' page.

Tickets to concerts can be purchased through Eventbrite

The following programme is subject to Covid-19 regulations on singing in public.

Saturday 2nd April 2022 - St. Matthew Passion

JS Bach: Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244 (sung in German)

Manchester Stoller Hall


Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra (baroque ensemble)

WBS double choir

Choir of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Atherton (ripieno choir)

TBA: Evangelist

Peter Harvey: Christus

Elin Manahan Thomas: Soprano

Tim Morgan: Counter-tenor

Nick Pritchard: Tenor

Damian O’Keeffe: Bass

Saturday 11th June 2022 - Songs of Springtime, Songs of Summer

Thomas Morley: Three madrigals

  • Now is the month of Maying
  • Hard by a crystal fountain
  • Fyer, fyer!

Ernest Moeran: Songs of Springtime

Brahms: Sonata for Violin & Piano Op.100, 1st movement: Allegro amabile

Delius: Two unaccompanied partsongs (to be sung of a summer night on the

      water); Midsummer Song

Finzi: Three partsongs

  • My spirit sang all day
  • I have loved flowers that fade (solo trio)
  • White-flowering days

Britten: Sally in our alley (solo)

Walton: Three movements from Façade (2nd suite)

  • Scotch rhapsody
  • Popular song
  • Fox-trot

Britten: Five Flower Songs

Concert Diary Summary

Saturday 27th November 2021: To Music, To Singing

Saturday 2nd April 2022: St. Matthew Passion

Saturday 11th June 2022: Songs of Springtime, Songs of Summer

Saturday 12th June 2021: Concert at Crowton

Sunday 12th June 2021 - Concert at Crowton Parish Church

This concert will be a reprise of the a cappella items from the concert on the 11th June, with the following additional items:

William Byrd: Mass for 4 voices (Kyrie, Gloria)

James MacMillan: O Radiant Dawn

Bruckner: Christus factus est

Robert Pearsall: Lay a garland