York draws to a close

After singing 3 services today on our final day at York Minster many of us are now on our way home. A notable organ voluntary from David Whitehead ended a very peaceful Sunday Evensong service following music from Sumsion, W S Lloyd Webber, and Fauré as well as an interesting sermon – subjects today over the three services ranged from doing good and recognizing good in others to the business of professional football!

Thanks to the community at York Minster for providing a wonderful welcome and uplifting  services. This picture was taken earlier in the day as you can see from Francis’ darkened spectacles…

Notice also one of this year’s top fans – Jesse prominent at the front. Clearly a future conductor!

Thanks to Richard and Rob for the excellent photo.

Singing at York

We are about halfway through our Summer visit, this year to sing services at York Minster. This evening Friday is the world Premiere of “Our Last Awakening” by Grayston Ives. Its not too late to come along – be there early as it has been full every day so far this week!

Credit to Sigrid (I think!) for the beautifully lit photograph


Choral Festival The Hague June 10th 2017

This year the Choral Festival was hosted by the Anglican Church of St. John & St. Philip The Hague and it took place on June 10th 2017. Our conductor for the day was Lee Dunleavy and our organist was Christina Edelen.

Over 80 singers turned up and we all had a marvellous singing experience that day. To give an impression of the day here are some photos taken by Fiona Middelkoop during the event.

During the morning rehearsal
Lee Dunleavy in action
Choral Evensong
Group photo at the end of a wonderful day


Hymns for York

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Have a look on the members page to find links to the hymns for york. The music list is also updated to the latest version.

Announcing a new anthem

Saturday May 7th ECS had our second rehearsal for our week in York. We went through quite a lot of music, some of it well known, some of it new to ECS singers. One particular piece was so new we actually gave it the first sing-through ever at yesterdays rehearsal!

The piece, ‘Our last awakening’, was written by well known singer, choral director and composer Bill Ives, who writes music under the name Grayston Ives.

We will be performing this piece in York and it will be a world premiere, attended D.V. by both the commissioner and the composer. So we will be doing some more rehearsing on it…

If you would like to know more about the piece, read Penny Granger’s story on this commission.

Music Sunday

RSCM music Sunday is a day to celebrate church music on or around 18th June. It is organised by RSCM who have lots of information about planning your own event here:

RSCM Music Sunday

ECS in Florence and Siena

We have recently returned from a short trip to Florence and Sienna – a concert and two services were punctuated by a fascinating tour of the renaissance architecture of Florence by an expert choir member, excellent food and good company.

It was a rare treat to sing in two fascinating churches – St Marks Florence and St Peter’s Siena with music ranging from Peter Aston, Faure and Stainer through to Byrd and Gibbons. Wherever we went we were ably accompanied by our host, St Mark’s organist Peter Shepherd.

Sunday Eucharist at St Marks, at which ECS sang alongside the regular church choir a, was followed by a private visit to the church by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Some of our choir members caught a glimpse from the pavement outside (photo Petra Sleeman):