Gordon Appleton

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Gordon Appleton, a great friend of RSCM Northwest Europe and European Cathedral Singers. 

More details can be found at the RSCM website here.  Elsewhere on the web, a page with some memories of gordon from around the world has been set up on legacy.com.

As it turned out, for many of us our last memory of Gordon will be of his visits during our time at York Minster in August 2017. Here Gordon (centre) and organist James Pollard are admiring Jos’ erudite encapsulation of a week’s singing into three sentences.

Another Premiere!

Last August our choir ECS were privileged to perform the World (UK) and Netherlands premieres of a new piece – Our Last Awakenings by Grayston Ives, commissioned specially for ECS by member Penny – at York Minster and the St Bavo Kerk Haarlem, respectively.

Most of us probably thought that this would be enough excitement for a while, but we are excited to announce the forthcoming premiere of a new piece by Stevie Wishart at our annual Choral festival. See below for more details about the event.

We are heading for another premiere, this time in Paris in November – it never rains but it pours!

More on that one soon.

2018 Choral Festival update

We have updated our event listing for this year’s RSCM NW Europe and Arch-deaconary of North West Europe Choral Festival, this year to be held in Brussels. 

If you are interested in attending and are a member of an affiliated choir, then your Choir Director or other RSCM contact already has all the information  that you need. Failing that, interested singers can contact us directly! 

Singing weekend announced!

ECS members should look out for an email announcing our singing weekend at Kasteel De Berckt, in early April. To be led by well-known UK choral director Gordon Appleton, this weekend promises to be chock-full of great music and singing! 

A small number of places are still available – interested singers can contact us.

Kasteel de Berckt Baarlo

Events for 2018

We have just published our list of events for 2018. Click on “Events” above to see the details

Join  a singing day focusing on Matins music on February 17th in The Hague. Or find out more about our planned singing weekend from April 6th to 8th or prepare for the ECS August Cathedral week (13-19 August) at Bury St. Edmunds?

We are also looking forward to our annual Choral Festival, to be held in Brussels on June 9th 2018.

Last but not least a weekend in Paris to rehearse and sing in a special choir to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918.

Check the event list now, and come back regularly for updates!


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