Jays Triumph in Songs of Love and Summer, Sheringham, June 18 2016

Sheringham Love and Summer performance

The Jay Singers’ latest concert on June 18 to a packed St Peter’s Church in Sheringham marked our celebration of 21 years of music-making with a magical combination of Shakespeare, madrigals and American pizzazz.

If you were there and liked our style, or if you’d like to know more, make a date in your diary for Saturday Dec 3 at Norwich’s United Reform Church with ‘Sing to the Lord’ – motets by Bach, Mendelssohn, Cornelius and Stanford.

Neil Ricketts

Neil Ricketts (pictures by Peter Smith)

Online booking here will open in August, and we’ll again be accompanied by Norwich’s RC Cathedral organist Neil Ricketts, fresh from delighting the Sheringham audience with piano solos from Byrd to Gershwin.

“We all had a wonderful time” was our musical director Neil MacKenzie’s succinct summary of the evening in Sheringham, while the Jay’s Chair, Naomi Jaffa gave a more typically extravagant response.


Neil MacKenzie, Jays Music Director

“Hip hip hooray for yesterday’s Songs of Love & Summer. The audience pleasure grew palpably throughout the evening, ending on the massive ‘high’ of that stonkingly terrific rendition of Old Man River.

“Wasn’t Des Turner just fabulous!” enthused Naomi.

“Big thanks to him for agreeing to be our guest soloist, as well as for his sterling contribution to the rest of the programme.”

We’re experimenting with online recordings of some of our best and favourite performed pieces, so please do click here to choose from five of our Sheringham items:

  • Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams
  • Embraceable You  – all female arrangement
  • Barnwell’s Wanting Memories
  • Ol’ Man River (bass soloist: Des Turner)
  • Eric Whitacre’s Sleep

And looking even further ahead, another delight for your diaries – Saturday April 1 2017 at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, Suffolk, with a programme yet to be determined, but which will most probably pay homage to the date – April the First. Will be fun.

For the record, our detailed programme in Sheringham was as follows:

Full fathom five | Charles Wood

Lay a Garland | Robert Pearsall

Three songs from “As You Like It” | Joseph Horovitz

The Wood So Wild | Piano solo

It was a lover and his lass | Thomas Morley (small group)

Draw on sweet night | John Wilbye

Il est bel et bon | Pierre Passereau

It was a Lover and his lass | John Rutter

Three Shakespeare Songs  | Ralph Vaughan Williams


Le chant des oiseaux | Janequin arr Jackman

A boy and a girl | Eric Whitacre

Wanting memories | Ysaye Barnwell

Sleep | Eric Whitacre

Summertime | George & Ira Gershwin

Preludes Numbers 2 & 1 | Gershwin (Piano solo)

Embraceable you | George & Ira Gerswhin

Old Man River | Jerome Kern

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