The Priory Singers: Programme

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About us

The Priory Singers formed in 1979, and currently has around 50 enthusiastic members, many of our whom live near the coast in North Tyneside where we hold the majority of our concerts. We have a number of singers who have been with the choir since the beginning. We have a no-audition policy so that singers from various musical backgrounds can come together to perform a wide variety of both sacred and secular music. We rehearse every Monday evening, from 7.30 until 9.30pm, at The Parish Centre, Christ Church, North Shields. The Priory Singers are always keen to welcome new members, if you are interested in joining us please email the secretary.

We have three main concerts each year - before Christmas, around Easter and in the summer. The first two usually consist of longer choral works, often with orchestra. Our repertoire is wide ranging - from Palestrina to Cole Porter by way of Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn. From time to time the choir joins forces with other groups and choirs, that take us out of home territory.

The Priory Singers is a registered charity with the aim of furthering the appreciation of choral music within the local community. A member of Making Music, our funds are self-generated by our concerts.


Our previous concerts - by season

Click on the image above to view a selection of posters from our previous concerts - or browse the full list of concerts below.

2017/2018

Music of Remembrance (July 2018)

Dvorak: Stabat Mater (May 2018)

Carol Concert (Dec 2017)

Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Nov 2017)


2016/2017

G&S: The Pirates of Penzance (July 2017)

Verdi: Messa di Requiem (April 2017)

An Evening of Carols (Dec 2016)

An Evening of Mozart and Rossini (Nov 2016)


2015/2016

G&S: Iolanthe (July 2016)

An Evening in Vienna (April 2016)

Christmas Carols (Dec 2015)

Come and join us in Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Dec 2015)

Handel's ‘Messiah’ with the Priory Singers and Orchestra (Nov 2015)

Handel's ‘Messiah’ at Holy Island (Nov 2015)


2014/2015

G&S: Ruddigore - A Concert for Peter (July 2015)

An Evening of Beethoven and Schubert (April 2015)

An Evening of Carols, Readings and Christmas Music (Dec 2014)

Haydn's The Seasons (Nov 2014)


2013/2014

The Priory Singers on Holy Island (Aug 2014)

The Priory Singers in Edinburgh (Aug 2014)

The Priory Singers at the Jesmond Community Festival 2014 (May 2014)

A Night in Vienna (Apr 2014)

Christmas Carols (Dec 2013)

Bach to Bach (Nov 2013)


2012/2013

Gounod Messe solonelle a Sainte Cécile (Aug 2013)

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado (Jul 2013)

Rossini and Gounod (Apr 2013)

An Evening of Christmas Music (Dec 2012)

Verdi Requiem (Dec 2012)

Fauré Requiem (Nov 2012)


2011/2012

An Evening of Summer Music (Jul 2012)

Dvořák’s Requiem (Apr 2012)

Carol Concert (Dec 2011)

Mendelssohn's Elijah (Nov 2011)


2010/2011

Gilbert and Sullivan - Patience (June 2011)

Mozart - Grand Mass in C minor. Vivaldi - Gloria. Handel - Zadok the Priest (March 2011)

Handel - Messiah (Dec 2010)

Brahms - German Requiem (Nov 2010)


2009/2010

Stars and Stripes - A selection of American Music (July 2010)

Haydn - Creation (March 2010)

Handel - Messiah (Dec 2009)

Petite Messe Solonnelle - Rossini (Nov 2009)


2008/2009

Vaughan Williams, Parry, Gilbert and Sullivan (June 2009)

St. John Passion - Bach (April 2009)

5 Mystical Songs - Vaughan Williams, Messa di Gloria - Puccini, Te Deum - Dvorak (Nov 2008)


2007/2008

Operatic Arias & Choruses: Leoncavallo, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Mozart, Mascagni. (June 2008)

Mozart - Regina Coeli, Ave Verum, Coronation Mass and Piano Concerto #23 (April 2008)

St. Nicholas Mass - Haydn, Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major for Violin and Viola - Various Christmas Carols (Dec 2007)


2006/2007

Victorian Evening - Elgar, Gilbert & Sullivan, Bridge, Pinsutti, Barnby, MacFarren (July 2007)

English Choral Classics - Barry, Byrd, Purcell, Stainer, Stanford, Wood, Goodall, Vaughan Williams (April 2007)

Gloria in D Major - Vivaldi, Jauchzen Gott - Bach, Credo in E Minor - Vivaldi (Dec 2006)


2005/2006

Requiem Mass, Excerpts from Magic Flute - Mozart with Hexham Orpheus Choir (April 2006)

Messiah - Handel (Nov 2005)


2004/2005

Jubilate - Chilicote, Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary - Handel (April 2005)

Nelson Mass - Haydn, Zadock the Priest - Handel, 5 Mystical Songs - Vaughan Williams (Dec 2004)


2003/2004

German Requiem & O Schone Nacht - Brahms with Hexham Orpheus Choir (May 2004)


2002/2003

The Gondoliers - Gilbert & Sullivan. Charity Concert with invited soloists. (July 2003)

Mass in G Major - Schubert, Songs by Rakhmaninov, Grieg, Tallis, de Victoria (April 2003)

Requiem - Faure, Let us Garlands Bring - Finzi, 3 Songs by Stanford (Nov 2002)


2001/2002

Elijah - Mendelssohn with Hexham Orpheus Choir (May 2002)

Gypsy Songs - Brahms, Sprig of Thyme - Rutter (Nov 2001)


2000/2001

Exultati Justi - Viadana, Sicut Servus - Palestrina, Brandenburg No.3 - Bach (April 2001)

Magnificat & Sanctus in D Major - Bach (Dec 2000)


1999/2000

Stabat Mater - Rossini with Hexham Orpheus Choir (May 2000)

20th Anniversary. Christmas Oratorio - Bach (Part), Videntes Stellam - Poulenc (Dec 1999)


1998/1999

The Rio Grande - Constant Lambert (May 1999)

Creation - Haydn (Nov 1998)


1997/1998

Te Deum & Benedictus - Elgar with King's School Capella (April 1998)

German Requiem - Brahms (Nov 1997)


1996/1997

Mass in C Major, Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major with Jonathan Plowright (March 1997)

Messiah - Handel (Nov 1996)


1995/1996

Requiem - Rutter, Let the Bright Seraphim - Handel with St. Mary's School Choir (April 1996)

Dido & Aeneas, 3 Anthems - Purcell (Nov 1995)


1994/1995

Judas Maccabeus - Handel (April 1995)

Mass for 4 Voices - Byrd, Requiem - Faure, Gloria in D Major - Vivaldi (Nov 1994)

Paris Choral Festival : Mass for 4 Voices - Byrd, Requiem - Faure (Oct 1994)


1993/1994

St. John Passion - Bach (March 1994)

Benedictus in F - Elgar, Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine - Faure (Oct 1993)


1992/1993

Captain Noah - Horowitz with Gillian Quinn School of Dance (July 1993)

All Haydn Concert - Te Deum, Mass in Time of War, Part Songs (April 1993)

Petite Messe Solonelle - Rossini (Nov 1992)


1991/1992

Mass in D - Dvorak, 4 Songs - Tchaikovsky (March 1992)

Requiem - Mozart (Nov 1991)


1990/1991

Mass for 4 Voices - Byrd, 5 Mystical Songs - Vaughan Williams (May 1991)

Magnificat - Bach (Dec 1990)


1989/1990

Vespers - Mozart, Te Deum - Haydn, Coronation Anthem - Handel (May 1990)

Nelson Mass - Haydn (Dec 1989)


1988/1989

Rejoice in the Lamb - Britten (Oct 1988)


1987/1988

Messiah - Handel (April 1988)

Maria Theresa Mass - Haydn, Come ye Sons of Art - Purcell (Dec 1987)


1986/1987

Requiem - Faure (April 1987)

Das Neugeborne Kinderlein - Buxtehude, Magnificat - Pergolesi (Dec 1986)


1985/1986

Requiem - Mozart, Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary - Handel (April 1986)

Christmas Oratorio - Bach (Dec 1985)


1984/1985

Jesu Meine Freude - Bach, Coronation Anthem - Handel (April 1985)

Mass in G - Schubert, Gloria - Vivaldi (Dec 1984)


1983/1984

Petite Messe Solonelle - Rossini (May 1984)

St. Nicholas Mass - Haydn, Sleepers Wake - Bach (Dec 1983)


1982/1983

Messiah - Handel (March 1983)

Dido & Aeneas - Purcell (Nov 1982)


1981/1982

Paukenmesse - Haydn, 2 Bach Cantatas (March 1982)

Das Neugeborne Kinderlein - Buxtehude (Dec 1981)


1980/1981

St. Nicholas Cantata - Britten, 4 Folk Songs - Vaughan Williams (April 1981)

Requiem - Faure, Komm Jesu Komm - Bach (Dec 1980)


1979/1980

Messiah - Handel (April 1980)

Nelson Mass - Haydn, 2 Coronation Anthems - Handel (Dec 1979)