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8 March Yarm Parish Church (Saint Mary Magdalene)
Michaelmas Singers and
Cleveland Consort. 
For a copy of the programme: Click Here  

       ..Music of the Tudors..
16th Century Anthems and  Byrd 4-part Mass 
With viol music from the Cleveland Consort 
Conductor: Matt Lennox 
Tickets £5.00 or pay at the door.
phone - 01642 590044, 
or e-mail michelmas.singers@tiscali.co.uk 

The Michelmas Singers are a renowned mixed choir performing a wide range of music both unaccompanied and with orchestras, specialising in music of the 16th and 20th centuries. There are 25-30 singers giving 4-8 concerts per year.Founded on Michelmas day 1967, they are now in their 41st season and under a new conductor – Matt Lennox who joined in 2008.Favourite composers include Monteverdi, Byrd, Purcell, Poulenc, Parry and Vaughan-Williams, but the choir has a very wide repertoire. Concerts range from intimate unaccompanied performances of madrigals and part songs through to major and challenging works of the choral repertoire with orchestral accompaniment. The choir is always keen to perform for charities.

23 April 2008 United Reformed Church, Stockton
Organ Recital by George McPhee
George McPhee was born in Glasgow and was a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and at Edinburgh University. He studied organ with the late Herrick Bunney and later, with the assistance of a Cross Trust Scholarship, with Fernando Germani in Italy. Prizes include the Sir Donald Francis Tovey Prize at Edinburgh University and the Limpus Prize for the FRCO examination as well as the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
He was Assistant Organist of St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh for four years before his present appointment as Director of Music at Paisley Abbey in 1963. At that time he also joined the staff of the RSAMD where he became Senior Lecturer in Academic Studies as well as teacher of organ. He also had responsibilities for choral activities.
George McPhee has been in frequent demand as an organ recitalist in this country and abroad, particularly in North America, and has broadcast and recorded frequently as a soloist and as a conductor.
As composer and arranger he has many published works, both sacred and secular.
In 1991 he was made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his services to church music in Scotland and in 1995 he was awarded an MBE. In July 1997 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Paisley.
In 2000 George McPhee was President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and is currently Professor of Organ at St. Andrews University. He is also a Vice President of the Royal College of Organists. (excerpt from http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com/)

17 May 2008 Saint Luke, Hartlepool. President's Evening & Annual General Meeting
21st June. 2008  "0rgan Crawl" to Thirsk and Sharrow. See under Newsletter for details.
20th Sep. 2008 Members Evening. Instrumental and vocal performances. Stockton URC
18th. Oct. 2008 Organ Recital. Keith Wright, Assistant Organist at Durham Cathedral. St. George's Church, Hartlepool.
15th. Nov. 2008 The Andreas Ensemble. Church of the Ascension, Middlesbrough
17th Feb. Organ Recital by Simon Lindley, Stockton URC
18th April 2009 President's Evening & AGM. St. Peter's Church, Osmotherley. Trevor Blease (our President) gave an Organ Recital.
2nd May 2009 Harp and Vocal recital given by Anita Aslin (harp) and Charlotte Aslin (voice). St. Mary's Church, Acklam, Middlesbrough

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Anita and Charlotte gave a most entertaining performance of harp, and vocal music accompanied on the harp at St. Mary's Church, Acklam. The repertoire was very diverse, including  a Handel aria, German lieder, a Spanish Romance, Scottish and English folk songs, an excerpt from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, a piece with a "Japanese Temple" flavour. Truly a "global" performance. It  ended with a lively harp solo, "Westminster Rag". Altogether, an event not to be missed.

24 October 2009:  Composite evening, at St Peter's Stockton.

21 November 2009:  Organ Recital by Neil Taylor (Sheffield Cathedral) at St Cuthbert's, Kirkleatham. 
Click here for details of the programme.

20 February 2010:  Jonathan Giles at Stockton URC.  An evening of French music.
Jonathan, a member of C.O.& C.A. gave us a very entertaining programme of organ music by 
French Romantic composers played on the Wyvern Organ. It was very well received.
The programme consisted of the following works: 

La Nativite du Seigneur                               Olivier Messiaen

La Vierge et I'Enfant - The Virgin and the Child
Les Bergers - This Shepherds
Desseins Eternels - Eternal Purposes
Dieu parmi nous - God among us

Berceuse                                                      Louis Vierne
Berceuse a la memoire de Louis Vierne    Pierre Cochereau

From Triptyque symphonique                    PierreCochefeau
Introduction & ScherzoFugue

From Suite Breve                                       Jean Langlais

Chorale no 3 in A Minor                            Cesar Franck

20 March 2010:  Sydenham Singers at St. Chad's Middlesbrough.
17 April 2010:  AGM and Chairman's evening.
29 May 2010A recital by four students from York University Music Department, piano, baritone and cello at Stockton URC.
Admission was free with a retiring collection.
19 June 2010:  Outing.  (Swainby and Carlton in Cleveland)
18 September 2010:  Trifolium (Piano, clarinet and 'cello) Egglescliffe Parish Church
16 Oct. 2010 Organ Recital: Edmund Aldhouse (Ripon Cathedral) at Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills.
For programme, click here. (opens in a separate window.)
20th Nov. 2010 Members' Evening. Cancelled
19th Feb. 2011 The Ven. Paul Ferguson: "Making French Music work on an English Organ." Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills.
19th March: Instrumental evening: piano & cello.
16th April. Chairman's Evening: Young Musicians.
21st. May. Live Rehearsal, St. Peter's Choir, Stockton. Conductor: George Barber.
10th September: St Peter's Church, Stockton, "Locomotion", an all male choir.
1st. Oct. Robert Sharpe, Organ Recital, Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills
His programme was as follows:

Fanfare                                                                    Kenneth Leighton (l 929-1 988)
Voluntary in D (Adagio Andante  Adagio Allegro)    John Stanley (1712-1786)    
Sonata no. 3                                                           Felix Mendelssohn (l 809-l 847)
(Con moto maestoso-Andante tranquillo)  
Hornpipe                                                                 Samuel Wesley (l766-l837)
Passacaglia and Fugue  BWV 582                           J S Bach (1685-1750)
Folk Tune                                                                Percy Whitlock
Choral 3 Am                                                            Cesar Franck (l822-l890)
Danse de la Fee Dragee                                            Peter Tchaikovsky (l 840-1893)
(Sugar Plum Fairy) trans.                                          Noel Rawsthorne
Knightsbridge March                                                Eric Coates (1 886-1957) arr. Robert Sharpe


Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm - Stockton URC. Three soloists (clarinet, horn and euphonium) from the Hammond Saltaire Brass Band.
18th Feb. Egglescliffe School Orchestra, St. John's Church, Egglescliffe.
17th March Organ Recital by David Thorne, organist of Portsmouth Catholic Cathedral, at Stockton United Reformed Church.
21st April,  AGM followed by a recital given by Mieczslaw Posmyk (violin) and Jonathan Giles (piano).
19th May, Lunchtime Organ Recital. Trevor Blease & Jonathan Giles. All Saints Church, Middlesbrough. cf. Organs webpage.
15th September Andrew Christer (Organ), St Peter’s,Stockton. Click here for Details of his recital programme. also cf. Organs webpage
for information about the organ at St Peter’s,Stockton.
20th October “Music through the Church’sYear” ALAN BARBER, GEOFF HILL St Mary’s, West Acklam
17th November “Refreshing our repertoire of hymns” ANNE HARRISON (RSCM) Stockton URC
6th February Young Persons' Recital. Stockton URC. Click here for details.
30th March Good Friday performance of Stainer’s “Crucifixion” St Hilda’s Hartlepool
20th April, 2013.Organ Recital by David Ratnanayagam (Assistant Organist, Durham Cathedral). Click on http://www.durhamcathedralchoir.org.uk/organists.html  for his biography. Click here for his programme.
18th May, 7.30pm. Organ Recital, Francesca Massey. St. Hilda's Church, Hartlepool. Click on http://www.durhamcathedralchoir.org.uk/organists.html  for her biography.
15th June AGM and Chairman’s Evening at Stockton URC
16th Nov. Organ Recital at St Cuthbert's Church Kirkleatham: by Dr Peter Swift, as follows:
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December 15th  Vox Choir Concert, St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Norton
February 8th  Annual Dinner, Teesside Golf Club 
March 15th  Seminar/Workshop at St Peter's Redcar given by Andrew Robinson, RMA North of England, RSCM.
May 3rd: Organ Recital by David Houlder of Leeds Minster at Christ Church, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire.
Programme: Concerto IV. (4 movements), M. Camidge
Two pieces: Sweet Rivulet and Pageant for William,  Francis Jackson
Evening Song, E. Bairstow
Choral Song and Fugue, S.S. Wesley
Soliloquy, R. Cockcroft
Puffing Billy, Ernest White (an arrangement for Organ)
Rondoletto, Ernest Tomlinson
Prelude in the Classic Style, Gordon Young
Songs of Praise, Herbert Chappell
20th September  Sydenham Singers (Stockton URC)
18th October Celebrity Organ Recital by Michael Stoddart Director of Music, Newcasle Cathedral (St Cuthbert's Kirkleatham Village)
29th November Egglescliffe School Choir at St John the Baptist Church, Egglescliffe)

31st January Annual COCA Dinner Teesside Golf Club
21st March Tees Valley Youth Choir followed by a short organ Recital by Trevor Blease (Stockton URC, Yarm Lane)
April 18th Organ Masterclass by Andrew Robinson, RSCM, (formerly Regional Music Adviser, North of England). Workshop on Organ Music and Divine Worship. Christ Church, Coatham Road, Redcar.
16th May:  Pieces of 8 at St Peter's Stockton)
20th June AGM and Chairmans Evening (with entertainment by instrumentalists and singers, St Paul's Church, Newtown, Stockton
19th September St. Peter's Church, Yarm Road, Stockton: 'Locomotion' the Darlington boys' choir and the 'Stockton Showstoppers'.
21st. Nov. "The Wands", Ladies’ a capella  singing group, St. Mary's, Acklam
20th Feb. Chamber music by Christine Purvis (piano) and instrumental friends. At St. John's, Egglescliffe. For more information, click here.
27th Feb. Organ Recital in memory of John Ross,
St George’s Church, Hartlepool. Click here for more information. Recitalists: Chris Haresnape, Ian Pounder and Peter Walker.
12th March Tees Valley Youth Brass band at the United Reformed Church, Stockton
16th April Organ Recital,William Dore (Ampleforth), at Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills. (Click Here for programme and photo’s of the Organ.)
21st May Chris Baczkowski (Yarm School) organ recital at St. Hilda's, Hartlepool (Details here)
11th June AGM and Chairman's Evening consisting of an Organ Recital by Trevor Blease: venue – Stockton URC

 Sonata No. 1 1st movement                                                     Edward Elgar                

Trumpet Voluntary                                                                          John Bennett

Sonata No.4                                                                           Joseph Rheinburger

Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria                                   Benjamin Britten

Carillon Sortie                                                                                  Henri Mulet

Oct. 15th Organ Recital, Andrew Wilson (of Teesside High School), at St. Peter's Church, Stockton (Click Here for programme)
Nov. 19th Theatre Organ Recital by Bill Insull at United Reformed Church, Stockton: an entertaining mixture of Marches, Waltzes, Rumbas, Quicksteps and popular songs.
January. Annual Dinner
February 18th Trumpet recital given by Ben Chinery, accompanied by Trevor Blease on organ and piano, Yarm Parish Church, West Street, Yarm
Trumpet voluntary in D (William Boyce)
 'Benedictus' from 'The Armed Man' arranged for Trumpet and Organ (Karl Jenkins)
 'Gabriel's oboe' (theme from 'The Mission') arranged for Trumpet and Organ (Morricone)
Concert Etude (Goedicke)
Echoes of Joy (Hans-Andre Stamm)
Trumpet Minuet (Alfred Hollins)
A Hymn for the lost and the living (Eric Ewazen)
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (Eric Ewazen)
(In addition to solo performances, Ben's diverse playing career includes work with small brass ensembles as well as symphony orchestras around the country, for example Teesside's Cleveland Philharmonic orchestra.)

March 18th: Members’ Composite Organ Recital at St. John the Baptist Church, Egglescliffe, Stockton on Tees: Organists were Alan Barber, Trevor Blease, David Carr, Bill Insull, Stuart Pass and John Waring.
April 22nd Vocal Recital Ben & Nikki Findlay St Mary's Church, Acklam.

May 20th Organ Recital By Jonathan Eyre (of Sheffield University) at St Hilda's, Hartlepool (for more information, click here.)

June 17th AGM followed by a recital given by Trevor Blease:

Prelude and Fugue in B major Op. 7 No.1,  Dupre

Pastorale, J.S.Bach

Master Tallis’s Testament,  Howells

Pavane; Johnson
Transports de Joie from L’Ascension ;  Messiaen
September 16th  Varied programme of Choral music given by Teesside group  “Cantabile” St. Mary’s Parish Church, Norton.

November 18th Pieces of Eight, St. Peter’s Church, Stockton

December 2nd Organ Recital by the Bishop of Whitby at Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough 2.00 pm Programme can be accessed here.

Jan. 20th Annual Dinner, Teesside Golf Club

Feb. 17th Instrumental & Song Recital. St. John the Baptist Church, Egglescliffe. Performers: Debbie Lawson (flute), John Sharrocks (tenor), Ewan Murray (piano & organ), Alan Barber (piano accompanist & organ).

March 14th Organ Recital at St. Peter’s Church, Stockton, by Francesca Massey, sub-organist of Durham Cathedral. ­­­­­

Click here for her recital programme (March 2018 newsletter)  (Click here for more information about the recitalist).
April 21st The Sydenham Singers at St. Michael’s Church, Norton.
May: no event
June 16th AGM, followed by entertaining organ music by our chairman, Bill Insull