The Singers

   The Singers

Welcome to the web site of The Singers, a chamber choir based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We hope you enjoy your visit and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our concerts - or even as a Singer - in the near future.

2017 Season

The Singers 2017 season will include singing in Durham, Edinburgh, Blackburn and Wakefield as well as performances in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. Further details will be published shortly.

Music for Blackburn Cathedral visit published

The Singers have announced their music list for their visit to Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday 22 & 23 July 2017.



7.30 pm A Concert of Beautiful Choral Music

Admission £10


O sing joyfully - Adrian Batten
Non moriar sed vivam - Martin Luther
Richte mich, Gott - Mendelssohn
Ave Verum Corpus - Peter Philips
The Gallant Weaver - James MacMillan
My bonny lad (Northumbrian folksong)
Stars - Ēriks Ešenvalds
Amazing Grace - arr. Ēriks Ešenvalds
Kyrie and Gloria from Missa Rigensis (2003) - Ugis Praulinš
The Road Home - arr. Stephen Paulus

10.30 am Eucharist

Mass setting: Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei only from
Missa Rigensis (2003) - Ugis Praulinš (b. 17 June  1957)
Communion motets
Ave verum corpus - Peter Philips (c.1560 – 1628)
Panis Angelicus - César Franck (1822 - 1890)
Psalm 86 from verse 11 (chant H. Smart)

4 pm Evensong

Introit: Open Thy Gates - Julius Harrison (1885 - 1963) 
Preces and Responses: Kenneth Leighton (1929 - 1988)
Psalm 67 (chant J. Goss)
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Stanford in A
Anthem: Blessed be the God and Father - S S Wesley (1810 - 1876)

More details in Future Events.

The Singers visit St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

The Singers at St Giles

The Singers made a successful visit to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to sing the morning services while the resident choir, The St Giles Singers, were on tour in the USA. The organist was Paul Stubbings, Director of Music at St Mary's Music School.

The music sung is available in the Service Booklets which can be downloaded using the following links:

10:00 Communion Service
11:30 Morning Service

Epiphany in Durham Cathedral

The Singers in Durham Cathedral

The Singers celebrated the end of the Christmas season by singing for the Annual Epiphany Service in Durham Cathedral, held on Friday 6 January 2017. This was a beautiful service which was warm and intimate despite the vast building that is Durham Cathedral. The service was very well attended and it was a real privilege to be able to play a part in it.

The music sung was:

Ugis Praulinš: Missa Rigensis - Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei
Crotch Lo! Star led Chiefs
Organist: Kris Thomsett
Conductor: Donald Halliday

Durham Cathedral

The Singers launch their 2016 Christmas video

The Singers have launched their 2016 Christmas video - A Newcastle Christmas. We hope you enjoy our singing and the local scenes as Newcastle gears itself up for the Christmas season, and the choir prepares for its Christmas with The Singers concert in St George's Jesmond on Saturday 17 December. See the post below for more information. Enjoy!

Christmas with The Singers 2016

One of the highlights of our Christmas Season was Christmas with the Singers on 17 December 2016 at 7 pm in St George's in Jesmond. There were festive carols, guest instrumental soloists, a free prize draw and the mulled wine

2016 Christmas with The Singers flyer

The Singers visit Cologne

The Singers visited Cologne in Germany for the weekend of 9 and 10 April 2016. A highlight of the visit was singing Choral Vespers in Cologne Cathedral. The choir also progressed its project of singing in as many of Cologne's twelve Romanesque churches as it can - now up to seven!. This was the choir's third visit to Cologne.

Cologne by Balloon

Photo: Eckhard Henkel / Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

The Singers at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

The Singers visited Liverpool on Sunday 6 September 2015 to sing the services in the magnificent Anglican Cathedral there. The Singers were conducted by Donald Halliday and the organist was Nick Miller.

Singers in Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

The Singers at Southwark Cathedral

The Singers at Southwark Cathedral 2014

The Singers, under conductor Donald Halliday, finished their 2013/2014 season with a visit to London to sing the choral services in Southwark Cathedral over the 2014 August Bank Holiday weekend. Jemima Stephenson, joined the choir as organist for the weekend. Jemima is Assistant Director of Music and Sir George Thalben-Ball Memorial Organ Scholar at St Michael’s Cornhill and a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music.

The weekend was a great success both musically and socially. The choir has visited Southwark Cathedral several times in the past - but this was the choir's first visit since 2009.

Southwark Cathedral - Nave

The Singers at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

The Singers at St Giles Cathedral
The Singers photographed after their concert in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

The Singers gave a very successful concert in Edinburgh's historic St Giles Cathedral on Sunday 23 March 2014 at 6 pm. The concert was very well attended and the audience was most appreciative.

The themes of the programme included Lent as a journey of preparation, the Annunciation (25 March), and Sunset (the sun set halfway through the concert!). The programme is available
online and can be viewed or downloaded as a pdf.

The programme explored recent choral music from Norway and the USA, and included standard choral favourites as well. James Tradgett, cello, joined the choir in a performance of
Ola Gjeilo's Serenity, and the cathedral's Director of Music, Michael Harris,played the fine Rieger organ to accompany Wood's View me Lord and Mozart's Laudate Dominum sung by Lindsey Nicholls. Stephen Paulus's The Road Home was performed as a special tribute to the composer who suffered a stroke on 4 July 2013 and has been in a critical condition since*.

*UPDATE: Sadly, Stephen Paulus died on 19 October 2014.

St Giles, Edinburgh

Why not join us?

The Singers currently has vacancies for experienced singers. We recruit quite widely and it may be possible to provide lifts and/or accommodation if you live outside the North of England. Please contact the conductor if you are interested in joining the choir.

A photo of Donald Halliday rehearsing Ola Gjeilo's Serenity with The Singers and Donald Robinson, cello, 21 December 2013.

Rehearsing for Christmas with The Singers

Here is a video of us singing at a rehearsal the hymn By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill.

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Future events

Future events include performances in Blackburn, Durham, Edinburgh and Wakefield as well as in and around Newcastle.

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Listen to and watch us

See a video of us at rehearsal at YouTube.

Hear us sing Pearsall's Lay a Garland .

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