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):

2017 Events

European Cathedral Singers will be be singing in Florence and Sienna in the last weekend of March. Our summer cathedral visit is to York Minster from Monday August 7th to Sunday August 13th, where we will be singing in all services while the choir is on holiday.

Our annual Choral Festival this year will be held in The Hague on Saturday 10th June 2017.

We also held a very successful choral workshop in The Hague in February: Byrd Songs and other Music, led By Christina Edelen.