Linsdale Singers photo Archive

Below is a list of some of the Linsdale Singers’ past concerts and events. For some of the concerts, additional information such as programmes, posters, pictures, snippets of recordings and reviews is available – click on the further details links to see what’s available.

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Concerts and events in 2017

Sunday 2nd April 2017, 4.00pm

St Barnabas Church Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

‘Reflection: Choral music to nurture the soul’

Another in the Choir’s highly successful series of short Sunday afternoon recitals followed by tea and cakes. Programme included Howells’ unaccompanied Requiem. After tea, the Choir sang at the Church’s Choral Evensong service at 6.00pm. This concert marked the first of two concerts celebrating the Choir’s 40th anniversary. All proceeds were in aid of St Barnabas Church. The concert was also an Oxjam 2017 Music Festival event, so there was a collection for the work of Oxfam. (Further details)

Sunday 29th January 2017, 1.00–1.20pm

The Village Hall, Wing, Buckinghamshire LU7 0NN

Wing 2017 ‘Musicathon’

The Choir sang a range of old and new songs from serious to lighthearted for Scannappeal’s ‘eye see appeal’ that is raising money to purchase five new specialist machines for Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s Eye Department. The Musicathon ran from 9am to 9pm, entry was free and refreshments were be available all day. (Event flyerMusic sung)

Concerts and events in 2016

Saturday 3rd December 2016, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

A Ceremony of Carols

The Singers’ popular end-of-year concert for 2016 was part of the Church’s Christmas Tree Festival weekend. Christmas music and songs for all the family included Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, carols by John Rutter, A Winter’s Night (Christmas Cantata) by Celia McDowall and Christmas songs. (Further details)

Saturday 16th July 2016, 7.00pm

St Barnabas Church Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

‘Gloria’ – Choral classics

A repeat of the joint concert with the Circle Singers of Leamington Spa held in Stratford on 2nd July. (Further details)

Saturday 2nd July 2016, 7.00pm

Stratford Methodist Church, Old Town, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6BG

‘Gloria’ – Choral Classics

A joint concert with the Circle Singers of Leamington Spa. Programme included motets by Bruckner, the sublime Mass in G for unaccompanied double choir and soloists by Vaughan Williams and the ever-popular Gloria by Vivaldi. (Further details)

Friday–Sunday, 8th–10th April 2016

Norwich Cathedral

Cathedral visit

Departing from their usual July cathedral visit, this year the Choir visited Norwich Cathedral two weeks after Easter. They sang for Evensong at 3.30pm on the Friday, Evensong at 3.30pm on the Saturday, and Eucharist at 10.30am and Evensong at 3.30pm on the Sunday. This was the first time a cathedral visit had included singing in a Friday service in addition to the weekend services. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2015

Thursday 17th December 2015 at 7.30pm

Sacred Heart Church Hall, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 1HZ   Map

Grand Christmas Concert

A joint concert with the Leighton–Linslade Concert Band. (Further details)

Sunday 13th December 2015 at 4.00pm

St Michaels Church, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire   Map

Christmas concert, cakes & choral evensong with the Linsdale Singers

Another in the Singers’ popular series of short afternoon recitals followed by tea and, for those who wished to stay, choral evensong at 6.00pm. The recital was full of Christmas music, both old and new – a treat for all the family. (Further details)

Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th July 2015

Portsmouth Cathedral

Cathedral weekend

The Choir’s annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral, which is always a highlight of the Choir’s year. In 2015 the Singers made their first ever visit to Portsmouth Cathedral. (Further details)

Saturday 25th April 2015 at 7.45pm

The Methodist Church, The Square, Dunstable LU6 3SN

Concert – ‘A Time for Music’

The Singers were once again invited to be the guests for the Luton Concert Orchestra’s spring concert. As well as light orchestral music from the Orchestra, the Singers sang a selection of music that showcased the range of musical styles in the Choir’s repertoire. (Further details)

Sunday 15th February 2015 at 4.00pm

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

Concert, cakes & choral evensong – if music be the food of love...

Another in the Singers’ popular series of short afternoon recitals followed by tea and, for those who wished to stay, choral evensong at 6.00pm. The recital had a St Valentine’s day feel. The audience joined the Singers for an afternoon of romantic music, the perfect way to warm the soul on a cold winter’s afternoon. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2014

Saturday 6th December 2014 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

Christmas with the Linsdale Singers

The Singers’ popular end-of-year concert in 2014 had a Christmas feel and was part of the Church’s Christmas Tree Festival weekend. (Further details)

Sunday 9th November 2014 at 3.00pm

St Michaels Church, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire   Map

Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

On Remembrance Sunday afteroon, the Singers performed Karl Jenkins’ popular mass to mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War. (Further details)

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014

Peterborough Cathedral

Cathedral visit

The Singers first ever cathedral visit was to Peterborough Cathedral in July 1989. This year’s annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral saw the Singers returning to Peterborough for the first time exactly 25 years since this first visit. (Further details)

Sunday 8th June 2014, 4.00pm

St Leonard’s Church, Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire LU7 0AA

Concert, cakes & choral evensong

Another in the Singers’ popular series of short afternoon recitals followed by tea and, for those who wished to stay, choral evensong for Pentecost Sunday at 6.00pm. (Further details)

Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7.30pm

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire   venue details

Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers

To mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War, the Singers gave a performance of Karl Jenkins’ 2011 work that sets to music texts from some of the greatest peacemakers throughout history. The Linsdale Singers and Orchestra were joined by the South Beds Youth Voices. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2013

Sunday 1st December 2013, afternoon

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

Choral music for Advent Sunday

On Advent Sunday at 4.00pm, the Singers gave another in their successful series of short Sunday afternoon recitals. This time the recital consisted of music for the season of Advent. It was followed by tea and, for those who wished to stay, the Choir led the Church’s Advent carol service at 6.00pm. Admission to the recital was £5 at the door, with of course free attendance at the carol service. Proceeds from the recital were in aid of St Barnabas Church. (Further details)

Saturday 5th October 2013 at 7.45pm

The Methodist Church, The Square, Dunstable LU6 3SN

Concert – ‘A Time for Music’

The Singers were the guests for the Luton Concert Orchestra’s autumn concert. As well as light orchestral music from the Orchestra, the Singers sang folk song arrangements by Vaughan Williams and arrangements of Beatles songs. (Further details)

Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th July 2013

Winchester Cathedral

Cathedral visit

The Choir’s annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral. The Choir was made very welcome by the clergy and Cathedral staff and the weekend was much enjoyed by everyone. (Further details)

Saturday 11th May 2013 at 12 noon

Christ the Cornerstone Church, Central Milton Keynes   Map

Lunchtime recital

A short recital where the Singers were joined by HERO, the Heart of England Recorder Orchestra. The Singers performed music by Purcell and by popular contemporary composer Eric Whitacre and also some arrangements of spirituals by Richard Allain. (Further details)

Sunday 7th April 2013, 6.00pm

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PF       Map

Choral Evensong

The Singers led the Church’s Choral Evensong service. (Further details)

Sunday 3rd March 2013, afternoon

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

‘Concert & cakes’ – British choral music through the centuries

A short recital followed by tea and, for those who wished to stay, the Choir sang choral evensong at 6.00pm. Recital and tea was 5 at the door (Evensong free). Proceeds from the recital were in aid of the Church’s Community Hall restoration project, and a collection for Oxfam was taken during tea as part of the Leighton Buzzard Oxjam Music Festival. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2012

Saturday 8th December 2012 at 7.30pm

St Mary & St Giles Church, Stony Stratford   

Seasonal music with the Linsdale Singers

For their end-of-year concert for 2012, the Linsdale Singers gave a concert of music for Advent and Christmas, both sacred and secular, serious and lighthearted. The concert was in aid of the Church’s organ fund appeal. (Further details)

Sunday 16th September 2012 at 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone Green Farm, Pitstone, LU7 9EY

Informal light-hearted recitals

The Singers gave two short informal recitals to entertain the visitors at the Pitstone Green Museum of rural life.

Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd July 2012

Tewkesbury Abbey  map

‘Cathedral’ visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British ‘cathedral’. This was their first visit to Tewkesbury Abbey and was a great success. (Further details)

Saturday 19th May 2012 at 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire   map

Handel: Messiah

The Singers have been invited to sing Handel’s choral masterpiece in Eaton Bray. (Further details)

Saturday 10th March 2012 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

Rutter Requiem

A concert of choral music featuring the popular Requiem by John Rutter accompanied by a small orchestra. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2011

Saturday 26th November 2011 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

Music for a royal occasion

The Singers’ popular end-of-year concert for 2011 featured choral music that has been performed over the years in royal weddings, funerals and coronations. (Further details)

Sunday 9th October 2011 at 4.00pm and 6.00pm

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire   venue details

Afternoon recital and Choral Evensong

A short free Sunday afternoon recital with a retiring collection in aid of the All Saints Preservation Trust at 4.00pm, followed by Choral Evensong at 6.00pm. Recital music will included pieces by William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Eric Whitacre and a selection of Shakespeare songs by Matthew Harris. (Further details)

Thursday 22nd September 2011 at 7.30pm

The Pavilion, Bow Brickhill, Milton Keynes    map

Short recital

The Singers were invited to give a short recital for the Bow Brickhill Women’s Institute

Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th July 2011

Christchurh Priory  map

Cathedral visit

In 2011, the Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral saw the Choir making a welcome return to Christchurch Priory. Previous visits to this beautiful building have been in 1995 and 1998. (Further details)

Saturday 7th May 2011 at 7.30pm

Hockliffe Street Baptist Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 1EZ    map

Joint concert

After a number of years, the Singers returned to Hockliffe Street Baptist Church for a concert of choral music. This was a repeat of the joint concert with the Circle Singers of Royal Leamington Spa given in Coventry on 9th April. Music included Fauré’s popular Requiem. (Further details)

Saturday 9th April 2011 at 7.30pm

St. John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, Coventry CV1 3AY

Joint concert

A joint concert with the Circle Singers of Royal Leamington Spa. A highly successful joint concert, repeated in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday 7th May, with music that included Fauré’s popular Requiem and Gionanni Gabrieli’s lively 8-part anthem ‘Jubilate Deo’.

Sunday 27th Febraury 2011, afternoon

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

‘Concert & cakes’ – Choral music of the Italian Renaissance

A short recital including Pergolesi’s Magnificat and Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, both accompanied by strings and continuo. The recital was followed by tea and, for those who wished to stay, the Choir sang choral evensong at 6.00pm. Proceeds from the recital were in aid of the Church’s Community Hall restoration project. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2010

Saturday 4th December 2010 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    venue details

Christmas with the Linsdale Singers

The Singers’ popular end-of-year concert in 2010 has a Christmas feel and is part of the Church’s Christmas Tree Festival weekend. Organist is Paul Carr. (Further details)

Sunday 10th October 2010 at 6.00pm

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 1AE    map

Choral Evensong

The Singers led the Church’s evensong service.

Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th July 2010

Bristol Cathedral  map

Cathedral visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral. (Further details)

Saturday 8th May 2010

St Michaels Church, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire    map

Sacred and Secular: Choral music through the centuries

A concert of unaccompanied choral music including Tudor anthems and madrigals, Victorian sacred music and partsongs, sacred and secular music for weddings and modern arrangements of sacred and secular music.

Sunday 21st March 2010 at 3.00pm

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire  map

Civic Service

Members of the Linsdale Singers join with members of the Danesborough Chorus and the All Saints Church Choir to sing in the Central Bedfordshire Council Chairman’s Civic Service.

Wednesday 24th March 2010 at 7.45pm

Redborne Upper School and Community College, Flitwick Road, Ampthill  map

Handel ‘Messiah’

The Linsdale Singers join other singers in a community concert of choruses and solos from Handel’s popular work.

Saturday 13th March 2010 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2NR    map

An English passion

A concert of unaccompanied choral music for the season of Lent. Music included the Mass in G minor for double choir and soloists by Vaughan Williams, the Requiem by Herbert Howells and a selection of spirituals arranged by Richard Allain. The concert was in aid of the St Barnabas Parish Hall refurbishment project. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2009

Saturday 28th November 2009 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire    map

Sing Allelujah!

The Singers&rsquo popular end-of-year concert in their ‘home’ church. The Singers mark the anniversaries of Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Purcell. The concert includes Zadok the priest and the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus by Handel, Haydn’s Little organ mass, Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer (includes ‘O for the wings of a dove’) and Purcell’s ‘Rejoice in the Lord alway’ (the Bell anthem). (Further details)

Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th July 2009

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds  map

Cathedral visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral. (Further details)

Sunday 17th May 2009 at 3.00pm

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire  map

Sing we now merrily

A short free recital as part of the Leighton–Linslade Arts and Music Festival.

Sunday 10th May 2009 at 2.00pm

The Long Library, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire  map

The Linsdale Singers sing Mendelssohn

As part of an informal organ recital by Paul Carr of mainly music by Mendelssohn, the Singers sang ‘O for the wings of a dove’ as their contribution to BBC’s Sing Mendelssohn weekend. (Further details)

Thursday 26th March 2009 at 7.45pm

Redborne Upper School and Community College, Flitwick Road, Ampthill  map

Vivaldi ‘Gloria’

The Linsdale Singers join other singers in a community event to sing Vivaldi’s popular work.

Saturday 14th March 2009

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire  map

Stabat Mater

A concert of music for Lent including the first local performance of Stabat Mater the new work by Karl Jenkins. (Further details)

Concerts and events in 2008

Saturday 29th November 2008 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Sing Joyfully’ – a potpourri of choral music

The Singers&rsquo popular end-of-year concert in their ‘home’ church. (Further details)

Saturday 11th October 2008 at 11.00am

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire  map

‘Mainly Mediaeval

A short recital as the Linsdale Singers’ contribution to Leighton Buzzard’s 2008 Heritage Day organised by Leighton Linslade Town Council.

Saturday 27th September 2008

All Saints Church, Wing, Buckinghamshire    map

‘Summer Swan Song’

Choral music for a late September evening. (Further details)

Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th July 2008

Worcester Cathedral map

Cathedral visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral.

Sunday 8th June 2008 at 3.00pm

St Mary’s, Old Linslade, Bedfordshire

Informal recital

A short recital of a varied selection of music from the Linsdale Singer’s repertoire.

Saturday 7th June 2008

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Celebrate!’ – choral music to sing in the summer

The third and last in a series of concerts celebrating the Singers’ 30th anniversary. Music included Captain Noah and his floating zoo by Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz.

Saturday 1st March 2008

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Reflection’ – choral music to nurture the soul

The second in a series of concerts celebrating the Singers’ 30th anniversary. Music included Victoria’s Requiem.

Concerts and events in 2007

Saturday 8th December 2007 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Rejoice!’ – choral music for Advent and Christmas

The first in a series of concerts celebrating the Singers’ 30th anniversary. Music included Rutter’s Magnificat and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th October 2007

St Albans Cathedral map

Cathedral visit

For their third visit in 2007 to sing the services in a British cathedral, the Singers’ travelled to their ‘local’ cathedral.

Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th July 2007

Bath Abbey map

‘Cathedral visit’

The Singers’ main annual visit to sing the services in a British ‘Cathedral visit’.

Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th May 2007

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire  map

Sir Christopher

As part of the Leighton–Linslade Arts and Music Festival, the Singers presented a staged performance of Alan Wilsons’s musical on the life and times of the architect Sir Christopher Wren. (Further details)

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th March 2007

Norwich Cathedral map

Cathedral visit

An extra last minute visit to sing the services in a British cathedral.

Concerts and events in 2006

Saturday 9th December 2006 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Gloria’

The Singers&rsquo popular end-of-year concert in their ‘home’ church. This year the Choir was joined by the South Beds Youth Voices. Music included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schutz German Magnificat, carols for Advent and Christmas music by John Rutter.

Saturday 11th November 2006 at 6.00pm

St Martin’s Church, Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes

Festival Service

The Singers sung at the Church’s patronal festival service, music included the mass Jesu redemptor by Adolfo Kaim (1825–1887) and Victoria&rsquos motet O Quam Gloriosum.

Saturday 28th October 2006 at 7.30pm

St Michael and All Angels, Waddesdon

‘Byrd, Beatles and Barbershop’

The Singers were joined by barbershop groups MK Acapella and Fortune for a concert of mostly secular music.

Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th July 2006

Southwell Minster

Cathedral visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral.

Saturday 6th May 2006 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Palm Sunday to Easter’

A concert of English choral music for Holy week and Easter. Music included motets and anthems for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, including the Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams.

Sunday 30th April 2006 at 6.00pm

All Saints Church, Wing, Buckinghamshire    map

Festival Choral Evensong

The Singers sung in a choral evensong to mark the end of the Church’s flower festival weekend. Music included the Smith responses, Gibbons Short Service, and Byrd’s motet Sing Joyfully.

Concerts and events in 2005

Saturday 3rd December 2005 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

Messiah

The Singers gave a complete performance of Handel’s masterpiece, accompanied by a small orchestra.

Saturday 22nd October 2005 at 7.30pm

St Mary the Virgin, Ivinghoe

‘Saints and Singers’

A concert of two halves: anthems and motets for All Saints and St Mary in the first half; madrigals, romantic partsongs and song arrangements in the second half. The concert ended with two arrangements of popular songs from the World War II era to mark the 60th anniversary of the war’s end.

Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th July 2005

Lichfield Cathedral

Cathedral visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral. This year the Choir also sung in a choral communion service at St Paul’s Church in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on the way home from Lichfield on the Sunday eveing.

Saturday 11th June 2005 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Saints and Singers’

A concert of two halves: anthems and motets for Saints Days and sections from Palestrina’s Missa Brevis in the first half; madrigals, romantic partsongs and song arrangements in the second half. The concert ended with two arrangements of popular songs from the World War II era to mark the 60th anniversary of the war’s end.

Concerts and events in 2004

Saturday 4th December 2004 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Linslade, Bedfordshire    map

‘Mass of the Children’

The Singers were joined by the Leighton Middle School Choir for a perfomance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children. Also included in the programme were Advent anthems from the Linsdale Singers and Christmas songs from the Children’s choir.

Sunday 14th November 2004 at 7.30pm

All Saints Church, Wing, Buckinghamshire    map

Choral evensong

The Singers sang a special Remembrance Sunday choral evensong. Music included the responses by Reading, the Short Service by John Blow and Palestrina’s anthem Sicut cervus.

Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th August 2004

The Parish Church of the Assumption of Mary, Ufford, Suffolk

Weekend visit

An extra weekend visit to sing the services in a small village church.

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th August 2004

Salisbury Cathedral

Cathedral visit

The Singers’ annual visit to sing the services in a British cathedral.

Friday 7th May 2004 at 8.00pm

The Raven Theatre, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard

Charity concert

The Singers sang a short half hour programme of arrangements of novety songs and popular songs as part of the Mayor of Leighton Buzzard’s charity concert.

Saturday 3rd April 2004 at 7.30pm

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire  map

Music for Holy Week

Anthems for Palm Sunday, Palestrina’s Stabat Mater and a performance of Karl Jenkins’ popular work The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace.

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