Concerts & Events 2018 / 2019

All Concerts start at 7:30pm at

Christ Church
West Didsbury
Darley Avenue
M20 2ZD

Heavenly Imaginations

24th November 2018             

Byrd:                        Ave Verum Corpus;

                                 Quis est homo?

Tallis:                       Gaude gloriosa Dei Mater

Howells:                  MasterTallis’s Testament

Roderick Williams: Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined;

                                Let nothing trouble you

Howells:                 Psalm Prelude, Set I no 1


Choir and Brass

The William Byrd Singers invite you to an exciting concert on Saturday 9 March at 7.30 at Christ Church, West Didsbury M20 2ZD. You will hear an amazing variety of music, from unaccompanied choir to the magnificent sound of choir, organ and ten brass instruments! Composers include Bach, Bruckner, Hindemith and our very own Keith Orrell who has composed "The Sacrifice" especially for this concert. His recent work "Exsultet" can be heard on youtube. Tickets for "Choir and Brass" can be bought online, at the door, or from choir members.

9th March 2019    

Bach:            Ich lasse dich nicht (recently discovered 'seventh' motet);

                      Chorale Prelude "Jesu meine Freude" BWV 610 (organ);

                      Komm, Jesu, Komm

Bruckner:     Aequalis no.1 (3 trombones);

                      Antiphon - Tota Pulchra es

                      Ecce Sacerdos Magnus

Hindemith:   Sonata for Four Horns (2nd movt - Lebhaft);

                      Apparebit Repentina dies

Orrell:           The Sacrifice

Schumann:   Drei Lieder Op. 62

Brahms:        Vier Gesänge Op. 17

The Singing Will Never be Done

11th May 2019     

Wilkinson: The singing will never be done

-          Halcyon Days

-          No Man’s Land

-          Finsteren Zeiten

Chilcott:  The making of the drum:

-     the skin

-     the barrel of the drum

-     the 2 curved sticks of the drummer

-     gourds and rattles

Wilkinson: Nocturne for John

Finzi: My spirit sang all day; White-flowering days

David Grundy: Two Shakespeare settings; Celebration


The programme will also include a selection of vocal and instrumental solos performed by members of the choir

Sing Joyfully!

Sing Byrd with The Byrds

Saturday July 6th 2019, Sale URC,  M33 3BU

The Byrds cordially invite you to join them at Sale United Reformed Church for their 20th annual singing day, directed by their conductor Keith Orrell. This year we shall explore William Byrd’s beautiful Mass for Five Voices.

Pearsall:  Who shall have my lady fair?; Lay a garland

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