2020 01 Come and Sing Modern Classics thumbnailCome-and-sing Modern Classics in Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.

For this year's come-and-sing day, join us as we explore four large-scale unaccompanied works from the last hundred years.

The earliest of these is Mater Ora Filium by Arnold Bax, a double-choir anthem for Epiphany, heavily influenced by Tudor polyphony. We follow that with Hymn to St Cecilia by Benjamin Britten, dedicated to the patron saint of music and tying together three poems by W.H.Auden.

Following that, we move to one of our favourite pieces: My Beloved Spake by John Sanders, a joyful work for double choir by a renowned Gloucestershire composer, full of rhythmic energy and scrunchy harmonies. We finish with Hymn to the Creator of Light by John Rutter, written for the dedication of the Herbert Howells memorial window in Gloucester Cathedral in 1992.

The day will be led by our award-winning musical director, Ben Sawyer, with all of us on hand to make you feel welcome. There will be tea, coffee and cake, with plenty of good musicianship and laughter.

Doors open for the workshop at 9.40am, for a 10am start. The workshop lasts until 4pm and our day with these pieces will finish off with a free performance at 4.30pm for your family and friends.

Tickets cost £25 (£12.50 student). Advance sales have now closed, but there are still a few remaining spaces for sopranos, tenors and basses - come along and pay at the door.


Information for our guests

In order to get the most out of the day, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the music in advance. There are some excellent recordings available online:

There are also a few MIDI files available for some of these pieces, which separate out the individual parts for you to follow:

Plus, of course, our own recording of My Beloved Spake - enjoy it!