Programme - Beverley Chamber Choir

Programme - Beverley Chamber Choir

Beverley Chamber Choir

Saturday 13 July 2013

St Mary’s Church, Beverley



Welcome to the Beverley Chamber Choir Summer Concert which we

intend to make part of our annual programme of concerts.

We do hope you enjoy the programme we have put together for you this

evening of famous choral pieces including the beautiful unaccompanied

Mass in G Minor by Vaughan Williams for two choirs.

The choir continues to go from strength to strength and this autumn we

are proud to present a three-day festival from November 21 - 23 of J S

Bach works. This festival will held in the three major churches in the town

and will give you the opportunity to hear famous organ works, classic cello

pieces and perhaps the greatest choral work of all time J S Bach’s Mass in B


Thank you for your continued support of Beverley Chamber Choir.


Thanks must go to the Vicar, Churchwarden and staff of St Mary’s Church,

Beverley for their continued support.

Programme Design by Mervyn King


Mark Pybus - Music Director

Mark was born in Beverley and received his first musical education

as a chorister in the Minster choir. He went on to win both academic

and organ scholarships at the University of Edinburgh.

After holding appointments at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral,

Edinburgh and Paisley Abbey, Mark won a postgraduate scholarship to

study in Paris with international recitalist Susan Landale. Here he won

the Premier Prix d’Orgue at Superieur level.

Mark went on to become the Assistant Master of the Music at

Sheffield Cathedral where he accompanied and directed the choirs

not only for the daily services but also for broadcasts, recitals and


He has performed in many cathedrals, abbeys and churches both

in the UK and abroad. He also performs regularly in the USA and

recently performed to critical acclaim at the International Messiaen

Festival in Copenhagen. As a continuo player he has performed with

several renowned groups including the BT Scottish Ensemble.

Mark is also well-known throughout the country as a choral clinician

and has directed many events for the Royal School of Church Music.

He is currently Director of Music at Hymers College in Hull where he

leads a large and thriving music department of national repute.

Robert Poyser - Organist

Robert Poyser was born in Gloucester where he was a chorister in

the Cathedral Choir. Following this, he studied music at the University

of Hull, graduating in 2000 with a first class degree. Whilst at Hull,

Robert was Director of Chapel Music, assistant organist at Beverley

Minster and also attained his ARCO.

After university, Robert became Organ Scholar at York Minster and

later Head of Music at the Minster School. During his time in York,

Robert performed widely as a soloist and accompanist with many

choirs and groups in the area, including the Ebor Singers.

In 2003 Robert was appointed Assistant Director of Music at

Chelmsford Cathedral and in 2009 was appointed Director of Music

at Beverley Minster.



Victoria: O Quam Gloriosum


O how glorious is the kingdom in which all the

saints rejoice with Christ, clad in robes of white

they follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

Monteverdi: Cantate Domino


Sing to the Lord a new song, sing and give praise to

his name:

for he has done marvellous deeds. Sing and exult

and praise in songs with the harp and the voice: for

he has done marvelous deeds.

Monteverdi: Beatus Vir


Blessed is the man who fears the lord: He delights

greatly in his commandments.

His seed will be mighty on earth; The generation of

the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house; And his

righteousness endures for ever and ever.

Unto the upright there arises light in the

darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion,

and righteous. Good is the man who is full of

compassion and lends.

He will guide his affairs with discretion: Because he

will not be moved for ever.

The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

He will not be afraid of evil tidings.

His heart is fixed, trusting in the lord; His heart is


He will not be moved, Until he gazes at his enemies.

He has dispersed, he has given to the poor:

His righteousness endures for ever and ever, The

strength of his soul will be exalted with honour.

The sinner will see it, and will be grieved; He will

gnash with his teeth, and melt away.

Howells: Like as the Hart

Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh

Mendelssohn: Verleih uns frieden


In these our days so perilous, Lord, peace in mercy

send us;

No God but thee can fight for us, No God but thee

defend us; Thou our only God and Saviour.


Howells: Psalm Prelude No 1 Set 2

Todd: I sing because you loved me

Rutter: For the Beauty of the Earth


Rutter: I will sing with the spirit

Stanford: The Blue Bird


Parry: Choral Prelude on ‘St Ann’s’


Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor

The Mass in G

Minor for double

choir was written

over several

months between

1920 and 1921. The

work was written

for a choir directed

by Holst, a close

friend of Vaughan

Williams. The

two composers would regularly get together

for what they called ‘field days’ – times when

they would share their current and usually

incomplete work with each other and subject

each other to criticism and suggestion. The

work is as typically Vaughan Williams as anything

he wrote, with its drifting timeless melodies,

alternating with fast energetic bursts, and its

quintessentially English ecclesiastical feel. The

a cappella, imitative writing, often starting with

just one voice and building the texture from

there, and the modal nature of the harmony,

harks back to the masses of Byrd, written at the

height of the Jacobean period, and is in what we

can label a neo-reformation style.


1. Kyrie

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have


2. Gloria

Glory be to God in the highest and in earth peace

to men of good will.

We praise thee, we bless thee, we adore thee, we

glorify thee. We give thee thanks for thy great glory,

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father

almighty.O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that

takest away the sins of theworld, have mercy upon

us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world,

receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father,

have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou

only art the Most High, O Christ, with the Holy

Ghost, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

3. Credo

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker

of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and

invisible: and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the onlybegotten

Son of God, begotten of his Father before

all worlds:

God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,

begotten, not made, being of one substance with the

Father, by whom all things were made.

Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down

from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost

of the Virgin Mary, and was made man He was

crucified also for us: He suffered under Pontius

Pilate, and was buried, and the third day he rose

again according to the scriptures, and ascended into

heaven and sitteth at the right hand of the Father.

And He shall come again with glory to judge the

quick and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no


And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord the

Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the

Son, who with the Father and the Son together is

worshipped and glorified; who spoke through the


And (I believe) in one holy, catholic and apostolic

Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the

remission of sins and I look for the resurrection of

the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

4. Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and

earth are full of thy glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in

the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

5. Agnus Dei

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the

world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the

world, grant us peace.


The Choir





Emma Ellerington

Judith Goodall*

Janet Hayton

Bronwen Prosser

Janet Sanderson

Gwyneth Sargent

Rachel Sawkins

Debbie Rippingale

Sue Williamson

Mary Cutland

Cathie Dance

Joan Hoare

Berenice Lewis*

Shirley Littlefair

Edwina Parker

Janet Ratledge

Helen Tilsed

David Bowden*

Keith Cartwright

David Ellerington

Michael Ellerington

Roger Hoare

Ian Reid

Alex Sharaz

Michael Waltham

Mike Dent

Michael Harding

Peter Hunt*

Kevin Ormond

Ben Prosser

Paul Rippingale

* Soloists in Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor

If you are interested in becoming a member of Beverley Chamber Choir please do

contact Peter Hunt - Secretary (01482 634427 Email: who will

be happy to arrange an audition.


Friends of the Beverley Chamber Choir

Dr G Aub-Buscher

Mr Allan Botham

Mrs J Cartwright

Mrs M Ellerington

Mrs J Middleton

Mr T N Oates

Mr Ray Parsons

Mrs S Pickstone

Mr & Mrs P B Pocock

Professor C Ratledge

Mr & Mrs P Rhodes

Mrs S Scrowston

Mr & Mrs D A Scruton

Mr J M Ward

Mr & Mrs T Wragg

Would you like to become a friend of the choir and support its activities over

the forthcoming years

As a friend, your donation to the choir of £15 (minimum) per year will help us continue to

present concerts to the highest possible standards. In return we will make sure that you have the

opportunity to book tickets for all concerts before they go on sale to the general public and with a

£2 discount. Also we are offering Friends complimentary programmes with pre-booked tickets.

As an alternative to becoming a friend you may choose to register your details with us. Anyone

registered on our database will still enjoy the opportunity to book tickets for all concerts before

they go on sale to the general public and will also receive a complimentary programme with prebooked


Please contact:

Peter Hunt - Secretary, Beverley Chamber Choir,

14 The Spinney, Swanland, East Yorks, HU14 3RD

Tel: 01482 634427 Email:



J.S. Bach Festival

November 21st – 23rd 2013

Thursday 21st November

Great Organ Works

Mark Pybus

St Mary’s Church Beverley : 7.30pm

Friday 22nd November

Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Christina Waldock

Toll Gavel United Church Beverley : 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd November

Mass in B Minor

Beverley Chamber Choir & Orchestra

Beverley Minster : 7.30pm

Tickets: Nov 21st & Nov 22nd £8 each

Tickets: Nov 23rd £16, £10, & £8 each

Festival Tickets 50% Reduction

Nov 21st & 22nd when Full Price Purchase made for Nov 23rd

Tickets On Sale From

Beverley Tourist Information from September

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