Past programmes

December 2019



Emma Garbett - Soprano

Deborah Hewertson-Tisdall - Alto

Chris Hardman - Tenor

Geoffrey Gray - Bass

Choir - Holy is the true light - Richard Shephard

The Souls of the Righteous - Geraint Lewis

Gordon Mursell - organ - Prelude in E flat, BWV 552 Johann Sebastian Bach

Choir - Missa Brevis in G major K49 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A Short Interval

Chris Hardman - From Messiah. Comfort ye - Every Valley - Frederick Handel

Audience Carol - Away in a manger

Choir - Here we come a-wassailing - John Rutter

Watts’ Cradle Song - arr. Summison

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - John Gardner

Geoffrey Gray - The Carol Singers - Thomas Sterndale Bennett

Audience Carol - God rest ye, merry gentlemen

Choir - Masters in this hall - David Willcocks

Bethlehem Down - Peter Warlock

Silent Night - arr. David Willcocks

Audience Carol - O come, all ye faithful

ChoirRagtime Carol - John Hewitt

Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire - Mel Torme

Twelve days of Christmas - Andrew Carter

May 2019 concerts

Programme – Waltzes and Jerusalem

Susan Jordan - soprano 
Chris Hardman - tenor 
James Johnson - bass


James Booth - Guitar

Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52                                     Johannes Brahms






O Happy Eyes                                                           Edward Elgar

I Priase the Tender Flowe                                      Gerald Finzi

The Hills                                                                    John Ireland

Owls                                                                           Edward Elgar


James Booth


Sarabande BWV 997 -                                              Johann Sebastian Bach 
Prelude no 1                                                              Heitor Villa Lobos



From  - The Sprig of Thyme                                  John Rutter

The Cuckoo

The Miller of Dee

I Know Where I'm Going

Afton Water


James Booth


Bagatelle no 2 (lento)                                              William Walton 
Flow my Tears   (Soloist Sarah Lewis-Briggs)    John Dowland




My Soul, There Is A Country                                 Hubert Parry

Crossing the Bar                                                      Hubert Parry

Jerusalem                                                                  Hubert Parry

Spring Programme 2016


My spirit sang all day – Finzi

My love dwelt in a Northern land – Elgar

My Delight and Thy Delight – Parry

Readings – Kathleen Douglas

Home thoughts from abroad – Robert Browning

The road not taken – Robert Frost

The way through the woods – Rudyard Kipling


Three songs from The Sprig of Thyme – Rutter

The Bold Grenadier

The Keel Row

The Sprig of Thyme

Guest Soloist – Robert Henderson

The Turtle Dove – Vaughn Williams

Flow My Tears – Dowland

I wished to be single again – Trad.



O can ye sew cushions – traditional, arr.Bantock

Bobby Shaftoe – traditional. arr. Whittaker

Yarmouth Fair – traditional, arr. Warlock



Two Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare – Shearing

Live with me and be my love

Who is Sylvia

Kathleen Douglas

Shall I compare thee to a summers day – William Shakespeare

Deborah Hewerson-Tisdall

The Green Cornfield – Michael Head


The Blue Bird – Stanford; Soloist Sarah Lewis-Briggs

Go Lovely Rose – Thiman

The Shower – Elgar

Guest Soloist – Robert Henderson

Three movements from Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite – Paul Reade

Prelude – Spring – Summer



Blow Away the Morning Dew – traditional, arr. Morris

Afton Water – arr. Patterson 

O, No John – traditional, arr. Thiman

December 2015


Conductor – Anthony Peacock


Choir Accompanist – Avril Tisdall


Organist – John Cooper-Green



St. Margaret Mary’s Church,

Upperby, Carlisle

Saturday December 12th 2015 - 7.30pm


Arthuret Church, Longtown

Sunday December 13th 2015 – 6.00pm

Saint Nicholas Mass – F. J. Haydn


Kyrie Eleison


Gloria in Excelsis








Agnus Dei



A Short Interval



Audience Carol 

Once in Royal David’s city

unaccompanied solo – Elaine Wrigley


Reading – Anthony Peacock

Preparations – Anonymous – Sixteenth Century



The shepherd’s cradle song – Leuner/Macpherson

As the bells ring – Chilcott


Audience Carol

O come, all ye faithful


Flute Solo – Helen Jackson

Hala Baita – traditional Basque – arr. Galway



A Simple Gloria – Larsen

Zither Carol – Sargent


Reading – Tim Coombe

Shepherds’ Carol – Norman Nicholson



Lullay, my liking – Hewitt-Jones


Solo – Kathleen Peacock – mezzo soprano

Prepare thyself Zion – Christmas Oratorio – J. S. Bach



Away in a manger – arr. Ola Gjeilo – solo duo – Flo Rice and Joanne King

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – arr. Willcocks

Infant Holy – Malcolm Archer


Audience Carol

O little town of Bethlehem


Reading – Kathleen Douglas

Christmas Bells – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Shepherds Pipe Carol – Rutter – Flute Obligato – Helen Jackson

Shepherds Farewell – Berlioz


Audience Carol

 Ding dong merrily on high in heav’n the bells are ringing

December 2014


Conductor – Anthony Peacock


Accompanist – Avril Tisdall


Clarinet – Isobel Mortimer


Readings selected by Canon Chris Morris


St. Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

Friday December 12th 2014 - 7.30pm


Rose Castle, Dalston

Saturday December 13th 2014 - 7.30pm


All Saint’s Church, Cockermouth

Sunday December 14th 2014 - 3pm

Mass for Four Voices                     William Byrd  (1543 – 1623)

Short Interval


Part Two          


Audience Carol

Ding dong merrily on high


Geraint Howel

Christmas Bells                      A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Christmas is Coming                                         Sir Henry Walford Davies

The Holy Boy                                                                          John Ireland


Isobel Mortimer

Three Bagatelles – Romance – Carol – Forlana                       Gerald Finzi



The Holly and the Ivy                                        Sir Henry Walford Davies

Dormi Jesu                                                                                 John Rutter


Kathleen Douglas

Preparations                                             A poem by an anonymous writer


Audience Carol

Away in a Manger



Benedicamus Domino                                                            Peter Warlock

Ave Maria                                                                         Sir Edward Elgar

Angelus                                                                             Sir Edward Elgar


Charlie Foster

Shepherd’s Carol                                         A poem by Norman Nicholson



Rejoice and be Merry                                                                John Rutter

Song of the Crib                                                                    Arthur Warrell

Isobel Mortimer


The Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite                                          Paul Reade


Audience Carol

O come, all ye faithful



Noe! Noe!                                                                               Mack Wilberg        

Covid-19 Update

Owing to the continued public health restrictions on musical performance, Solway Singers regrets to announce the continued suspension of rehearsals. The choir will be unable to perform the usual programme of  concerts.

Solway Singers hopes and expects to resume rehearsals for our Christmas concerts in September.

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