York is full of musical events and concerts to enjoy, but on Saturday 28th November, St Wilfrid’s church near the Minster plays host to “Splendid Jewel” – the latest sparkling offering from the Micklegate Singers.
This time of year means wrapping up against the dark evenings, opening doors on Advent calendars, and ordering the turkey, but for choirs and composers around the world, it is a moment to celebrate some of the musical gems dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The programme is a shining example of the variety and innovation for which the Micklegate Singers have become known. Featured composers come from Poland, Hungary, the USA, Spain, Italy, and of course Britain; the works span five centuries. All are united by the theme of ‘songs to the Virgin Mary’.
The brilliant Andrzej Panufnik, Giles Swayne, Cecilia McDowall and the lesser-known Healey Willan and Stephen Paulus represent a treasure-trove of 20th and 21st century music, whilst 16th century favourites Palestrina, Victoria and Parsons offer a perennially elegant contrast.
The Micklegate Singers, hailed recently as “a delight to listen to” and “in better shape than ever”, are a long-standing fixture in the music scene in York, yet continue to surprise and delight audiences with their intriguing musical discoveries in a variety of beautiful settings around the city.
7.30 pm Saturday 28th November 2015
St Wilfrid’s Church, Duncombe Place, York
Tickets £12 / £8 concessions / £6 students
For more information please visit www.micklegatesingers.org.uk