Dates for Autumn 2017

Music for November Concert:

Howard Goodall: Lux Aeterna Eternal Light
                         23rd Psalm

Ola Gjeilo: "Ubi Caritas"

Z. Randall Stroope: "Dance for Love"

Rehearsals in St Margaret’s Parish Centre

September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Rehearsals in St Margaret’s Church
November 6, 13  

Concert in Church on 14 November 2017

Christmas 2017

Rehearsals in Parish Centre
November 20, 27

Rehearsals in Church
December 4, 11

Concert in Church on 12 December 2017

New Accompanist

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new accompanist: Greg Smith.
Welcome, Greg. Hope you'll enjoy working with us.

Recording Session at St Hilda's

We Had great fun at our recording session

"Raising of Lazarus" by Paul Stetsenko:

"Jesu, Grant me this, I pray.." by Orlando Gibbons

Dates for Summer 2017

Dates for the Summer Term 2017:
5th June Rehearsal St Margaret’s Parish Centre
12th June: Workshop          "
19th June:   Rehearsal       "
3rd July:           "                 "      
7th July:  Rehearsal St Margaret's Church

8th July: Concert with Leeds Symphony Orchestra at St Margaret's Church

End of Year Gathering

21st July St Chad's Parish Centre, 7.00pm Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 5JT

Bradford Festival Choral Society

Come to Bradford Festival Choral Society’s wonderful concert, A Night at the Opera, on Saturday, May 13th, 7.30 pm at All Saints’ Parish Church, Bingley, BD16 2RH.  We’re singing all your favourite opera choruses and a couple of lovely less familiar ones, and the  fabulous soloists will be singing some of the best-loved arias.  If you came to the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass you’ll know how good the choir is these days, and if you didn’t, come and find out.  There will be wine, soft drinks and extra special nibbles (some home made) in the interval.
Tickets from the choir website - and on the door, but for this smallish venue it may be better to get them in advance.
And some more dates:
Saturday June 17th, Mahler’s 2nd symphony, Huddersfield Town Hall:  This large scale work needs an enormous choir, so if you’d like to join us as an extra singer, see attached flyer.
Wednesday Sept 13th, St Peter’s Church Hall, Moorhead Lane, Shipley BD18 4DH:  Open rehearsal for people interested in joining our choir
Wednesday Oct 4th, Freedom Studios, 7 Manor Row, Bradford BD1 4DP:  8 week Learn to Sing course led by the brilliant Sally Egan

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Stabat Mater Translation

Stabat Mater – Joseph Rheinberger

Stabat Mater dolorosa iuxta crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius
The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging

Cuius animam gementem contristatam et dolentem pertransivit gladius
Through her weeping soul, compassionate and grieving, a sword passed.

O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta Mater Unigeniti
O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of her Only-begotten Son

Quae moerebat et dolebat Pia Mater dum videbat nati poenas incliti
Who mourned and grieved, the pius Mother, as she looked at the torment of her glorious Son.

Quis est homo qui non fleret matrem Christi si videret in tanto supplicio?
Who is the man who would not weep if he saw the Mother of Christ in such distress?

Quis non posset contristari Christi matrem contemplari dolentem cum filio?
Who could not feel compassion, contemplating Christ’s mother grieving with her son?

Pro peccatis suae gentis vidit Jesum in tormentis et flagellis subitum
For the sins of his people she sees Jesus in torment and subjected to the scourge.

Vidit suum dulcem natum morientem desolatum dum emisit spiritum
She sees her sweet son dying, forsaken while he gives up his spirit.

Eia Mater, fons amoris, me sentire vim doloris fac ut tecum lugeam
O Mother fountain of love, make me feel the power of sorrow, that I may grieve with you.

Fac ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum ut sibi complaceam
Let my heart burn in the love for Christ the God, that I may please Him.

Sancta mater, istud agas, crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide
Holy mother bring this about, that you fix the wounds of the crucified firmly in my heart.

Tui nati vulnerati tam dignati pro me pati poenas mecum divide.
Of your wounded son, who deigned to suffer so much for me, share his pains with me.

Fac me tecum pie flere crucifixo condolere donec ego vixero
Let me, pious one, weep with you, bemoan the crucified, for as long as I live.

Juxta crucem tecum stare et me tibi sociare in planctu desidero
 To stand beside the cross with you, and to join in your weeping, this I desire.

Virgo virginum praeclara mihi iam non sis amara fac me tecum plangere
Virgin of virgins most noble, to me be not now bitter, let me with you lament.

Fac ut portem Christi mortem, passionis fac consortem et plagas recolere
Let me bear the death of Christ, be a sharer of his passion, and commemorate his wounds.

Fac me plagis vulnerari fac me cruce inebriari et cruore filii
Let me be wounded with his wounds let me be inebriated by the cross and the blood of your son.

Translation compiled by Suzanne Norton