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Forthcoming concerts

25/11/2017
All Saints Church, West Dulwich

Music for voices, viola and harp

The Ionian Singers and their conductor Timothy Salter will be joined by violist Luba Tunnicliffe and harpist Oliver Wass, members of the Pelléas Ensemble, for a concert on Saturday 25th November in All Saints Church, Rosendale Road.
An exciting mix of music arises from the unusual combination of voices and the two instrumentalists who will perform both as a duo and with the choir. The programme will include English music by Bax, Elgar and Salter (his Nocturne for harp, viola and chorus) and Russian works for the duo by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (movements from Romeo and Juliet).  A selection of piano pieces and songs by Debussy, transcribed by Salter, and a rarely heard choral piece by American composer Dominick Argento, his robust setting of Keats’ celebratory poem Hymn to Apollo, complete the programme.
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Music for voices, viola and harp
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Programme

I sing of a Maiden – Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Love’s tempest – Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Go, song of mine

Beau soir * – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Nuit d’étoiles *
chorus and harp

In Smyrna * – Edward Elgar
Fantasy sonata (extract) – Arnold Bax
viola and harp

Twelfth nigth – Samuel Barber (1910-1881)

In praise of Apollo – Dominick Argento (b.1927)

Prelude Op.32 No.5 * – Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Romeo and Juliet suite (extract) – Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Pour invoquer Pan from Six epigraphs Antiques * – Claude Debussy
Prélude from Suite Bergamasque * – Claude Debussy
viola and harp

Nocturne – Timothy Salter (b.1942)
chorus, viola and harp

*transcriptions by Timothy Salter

24/02/2018
Calling all Singers

 

 

 

 

 

Lambeth Mission, 3-5 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7DQ
Saturday 24th February 2018 from 2.00pm – 6.00pm
To take part please email info@ioniansingers.co.uk or ring 07950 143 916 by Friday 9 February.
Fee: £15

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Looking for a change from Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th? Come and join The Ionian Singers for an afternoon of something different, under the direction of our charismatic conductor, the composer Timothy Salter.

The Ionian Singers is a chamber choir performing music from the Renaissance to the present day. We sing motets, anthems part-songs,folk-songs and contemporary choral music, mostly unaccompanied but regularly including music that incorporates some unusual instrumental ensembles.

Our speciality is singing ‘the music that other choirs don’t sing’ or, to put it more formally, ‘less-familiar or unjustly-neglected repertoire’.

We would love to welcome you to our musical afternoon. We’ll provide copies of music by Tallis, Byrd, Stanford, Elgar, Brahms, Skempton, Rubbra, folk-song arrangements and others.

All you need is enthusiasm, an open mind and reasonable sight-reading skills.

 

24/03/2018
St Mary-le-Bow
Brandenburg Choral Festival of London

Five movements from Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices open and close a programme that brings together music of the English Renaissance, the Baroque and recent times.  The Ionian Singers with their conductor Timothy Salter perform motets by Gibbons, Weelkes and the 20c English composer Edmund Rubbra.  They are joined by the violinist Eulalie Charland in the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt’s Ave Maria.  Solo violin music by J.S.Bach, the Icelandic composer Haflidi Hallgrimsson and Salter, and the first performance of a short chorale prelude for violin and chorus on the chorale Es ist genug -a joint effort between Bach and Salter – form the rest of the concert.

Programme

Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd (1543-1625)
Kyrie eleison
Gloria in excelsis

Lift up your heads – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Tenebrae: Third Nocturne – Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)

Chorale Prelude: Es ist genug – J.S. Bach/Salter
violin and chorus

Loure and Gavotte en rondeau – Johnaa Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
from Partita No.3
solo violin

Extracts from Klee Sketches – Haflidi Hallgrimsson (b. 1941)
solo violin

When David heard – Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)

Ave Maria – Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)
violin and chorus

Oration – Timothy Salter (b.1942)
solo violin

Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei

23/06/2018
The Danish Church London

Programme to follow
The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)

07/07/2018
St Peter’s Eaton Square, London

Programme to follow
The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)

08/11/2018
All Saints Church, West Dulwich

Programme to follow
The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)

 

Past concerts

programme

Music for Midsummer’s Day

The Ionian Singers under their conductor Timothy Salter, with Danish soprano Marianne Cotterill gave a concert in the Danish Church London on Saturday 24th June at 6pm.  This concert was sponsored by The Danish Women’s Association.

The concert included Scandinavian music by Grieg, Alfvén and Lange-Müller together with music by Finzi, Rubbra and Barber. Arrangements by Salter of popular English, Danish and Swedish folk songs, and madrigals by Byrd and Greaves completed a delightful programme of music to celebrate midsummer.
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25/03/2017
St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2R 1DH
Brandenburg Choral Festival

The programme included music from Germany and Scandinavia: Rheinberger’s Abendlied, choral songs by Brahms, two of Wolf’s Geistliche Lieder.  Grieg’s Ave Maris stella and the Lange-Müller’s Tre Madonnasange.

English music will include Warlock’s The Full Heart, part songs by Coleridge-Taylor, Alan Bullard’s Three poems of W.B. Yeats, Timothy Salter’s Invida Aetas – Fragments from Horace and two of his English folk-song arrangements.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)
For details of the concert please see Concert Diary

12/11/2016
All Saints Church, West Dulwich, London SE21 8LN

The programme included unaccompanied choral music by Howells, Cornelius, Debussy and Elisabeth Lutyens as well music for solo cello by Deborah Pritchard and music for cello and piano by Debussy.  Timothy Salter’s Phantasma for cello and piano will receive its first performance.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor/piano), Karolina Öhman (cello)
for details of the concert programme please see Concert Diary

25/06/2016
St Alfege Greenwich

The programme included unaccompanied choral music by Schein, Poulenc, Ravel and Hindemith.  Laura Snowden and Joo Yeon Sir will play two of their own works and music by de Falla, Mompou and Debussy.  Their arrangements of chorale preludes by J.S. Bach will include two with chorus.  A group of Timothy Salter’s folk songs, including the first performance of two new ones, complete the concert.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor), Snowden-Sir Duo: Laura Snowden (guitar), Joo Yeon Sir (violin)
For details of the programme please see Concert Diary

12/03/2016
St Clement the Danes, Strand

Brandenburg Choral Festival

The English Mystic
music of joy and contemplation

Programme included music spanning from the Renaissance (Byrd and Tallis) to the 20th century (Holst, Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Harris, Jonathan Harvey ‘Come Holy Ghost’ and Timothy Salter ‘Eternity’) and from the 21st century the 1st performance of Jonathan Pitkin’s ‘Ye who used to soar’.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)
Programme details
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14/11/2015
All Saints Church, West Dulwich

The programme included Elizabeth Maconchy (Four Miniatures), Vaughan Williams (Three Shakespeare Songs), SS Wesley (Pastoral), Timothy Salter (folksong arrangements) Arensky and Brahms.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor/piano), Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello)
For details of the programme please see Concert Diary

 11/07/2015
St James’s Piccadilly

Sing Joyfully
The programme included motets and anthems by Byrd and Gibbons, commencing with Byrd’s ‘Sing joyfully’.  Moving through the twentieth century music will be performed by Stanford ‘God and the Universe’, Elgar ‘O Wild West Wind’, Howells, Finzi and Walton, Timothy Salter ‘The white and the walk of the morning’, Philip Cashian ‘Music for an empty sky’.  Arrangements of Salter’s popular English folk songs will complete the programme.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)
For details of the programme please see Concert Diary

14/03/2015
All Saints Church, West Dulwich

A Sequence for Lent
Programme will include a sequence of chorales by J.S.Bach alternating with motets by Byrd, Bruckner and Victoria. Bach’s motet ‘Jesu, meine Freude’ together with anthems by Purcell, ‘Hear my prayer, and ‘Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?’, motets by Bruckner and ‘In Paradisum’ from Fauré’s Requiem will also be performed.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor/organ), For details of the programme please see Concert Diary

22/11/2014
St Alfege, Greenwich

Concert for St Cecilia
Programme included unaccompanied choral music by Cornelius, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Schubert and Delius as well as music for violin and piano by Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Fauré, Delius and Kreisler

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor/piano), Eulalie Charland (violin)
For details of the programme please see Concert Diary

28/06/2014
Hambleden Music Festival

Programme included part songs by Stanford, Elgar and Rubbra and English folk song arrangements by Timothy Salter together with extract from Salter’s ‘Invida aetas’ and ‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ by Russell Hepplewhite.  American choral music by Horatio Parker and Samuel Barber will complete the programme.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor)
For details of the concert please seeConcert Diary

05/04/2014
St Alfege, Greenwich

Programme included unaccompanied choral music by Brahms and Howells; music for organ and cello by Rheinberger, Rachmaninov, Two chorale preludes by Brahms arr. by Salter and Russell Hepplewhite’s work for solo cello ‘Circling’; ‘The Beholder’ (chorus, cello and organ) by Salter; ‘Greater love has no man’ (chorus and organ) by Ireland and ‘Magnificat in G’ (chorus and organ) by Stanford.

The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter (conductor) Rebecca Hewes (cello), Michael Bonaventure (organ)
enquiries: 0208 693 1051 or 07950 143 916

07/12/2013
All Saints Church, Blackheath, SE3 0TY

Programme included choral and music for organ by Sweelinck, Howells Messiaen, Buxtehude, Pearsall, Byrd, Salter, Warlock and J.S. Bach

The Ionian Singers, Michael Bonaventure (organ), Timothy Salter (conductor)
enquiries: 0208 693 1051 or 07950 143 916

19/10/2013
All Saints Church, Weston Green,  Esher, Surrey KT10 8JL

Programme included German, American and English music by amongst others J.S. Bach, Argento and Barber, Holst, Walton, Vaughan Williams, John Casken, Russell Hepplewhite (solo cello) and Timothy Salter (solo cello and English folk song arrangements).  English madrigals  included works by Gibbons, Byrd and Wilbye

The Ionian Singers, Rebecca Hewes (cello), Timothy Salter (conductor)
enquiries 0208 693 2051 or 07950 143 916