Forthcoming Concerts

Shakespeare 400 years on – A Midsummer Celebration | St Peters Sheringham | Saturday June 18, 2016. 7.30pm


What: Jay Singers celebrateShakespeare in Song, with an evening of choral riches from Europe and America.

When: 7.30 pm Saturday June 18 2016.

St PetersWhere: St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8QY.

How much: £10 on the door, £8 online via Eventbrite.

Four hundred years after the Bard’s death in 1616, Norfolk’s Jay Singers celebrate Shakespeare with a delicious programme of song at Sheringham’s St Peters Parish Church.

As the Choir’s Music Director Neil Mackenzie writes, the Jays’ midsummer’s concert will feature a happy blend of music old and new with a decidedly upbeat feel.

There are three strands which I wanted to highlight. The first, of course, is William Shakespeare , with the marvellous Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams as well as Joseph Horovitz’s take on As You Like It.

Secondly, in a year spent examining the nature of European identity, we will sing several examples of a great collaborative form – the madrigal.

Both English and French composers feature here, from Wilbye’s luxurious Draw on sweet night to Janequin’s virtuosic Le chant des oiseaux.

Finally, in an anniversary for the Jay Singers, which has enjoyed its own development in a 20 year life, we are including some American repertoire, coincidentally in a presidential election year, culminating in the timelessly fantastic music of Gershwin
and Kern.

The detailed programme:


Shakespeare in Song

Three Shakespeare Songs | Vaughan Williams

It was a lover and his lass | John Rutter

Full fathom five | Charles Wood

It was a lover and his lass | Thomas Morley

Three choral songs | Joseph Horovitz


Le chant des oiseaux | Janequin arr Jackman

Il est bel et bon | Pierre Passereau

Lay a garland | Robert Pearsall

Draw on sweet night | John Wilbye


A boy and a girl | Eric Whitacre

Wanting memories | Ysaye Barnwell

Blue Moon | Rogers & Hart

Summertime | George & Ira Gershwin

Embraceable you | George & Ira Gerswhin

Fish Gotta Swim | Jerome Kern

Old Man River | Jerome Kern

And so it goes Joel, arr Chilcott

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