The Singers


Selected Programmes

The Singers and the Pongos

St Thomas Singers
conductor Donald Halliday


conductor Richard Pomfret

with Peter Locke organ

Holy Trinity Church, Jesmond

Saturday 20 June 1998 7.30 pm


Part 1
St Thomas Singers
O sing joyfully Batten
Ave sanctissima Maria Gesualdo
Hail, most gentle Mary, true hope and light, cool fount of refreshment!
O Mary, flower among virgins, pray to Jesus for us.
Ave Verum Elgar
with Peter Locke, organ
Gaidar (Bulgaria) arr. S. Opetenov
See the old bagpiper playing like a lad, while young and old both whirl around.
Niska Banja (Serbia) arr. Nick Page
Let us go to the baths of Nis where we shall kiss, kiss, kiss!
On suuri sun rantas autius (Finland) arr. Matti Hyökki
Wide and desolate is your shore, I ever long to be there
To hear the wild duck through the rushes in the dead of night.
I have watched your grey waters with many a tear.
My young life wept its first sorrow on your shore.
Iltalaulu arr. Ikka Kuusisto
Alone I sit, alone I sing as eventide draws nigh.
The long day's work at last is done and down to rest I lie.
Like a bird am I, a lonely bird, that sings in woodland lair
With no-one to watch over me, no friend at all to care …
Läksin minä kesäyönä käymään arr. Einar Englund
One summer's night I wandered to a green valley,
And stood beneath the trees, where I heard the birds sing
As they flew through the woods
And my heart sought the peace it did not possess …
St Thomas Singers
Ave verum corpus Mozart
Pié Jesu Fauré
Julia Watson, soprano, with Peter Locke, organ
O sing joyfully Byrd
The nightingale, the organ of delight Thomas Weelkes
The silver swan Orlando Gibbons
The Keel Row arr. Kieran Fitzsimons
My Bonny Lad do. Bobby Shaftoe arr. Kieran Fitzsimons
The Water of Tyne arr. Michael Neaum


Part 2
Wade in the water arr. Kari Ala-Pöllänen
Let it shine arr. Kari Ala-Pöllänen
Yksin Toivo Kuula
Alone I sit as darkness falls, my thoughts flash back and forth
Weaving a fabric of memories.
My heart is heavy, and a tear falls from my eye.
Armahan kulku Pekka Kostiainen
Here my sweetheart walked on the meadow
There he sat upon the rock
The rock is so much brighter, the heath twice as beautiful.
The grove five times gentler, the woodland six times more flowering.
The whole forest more beautiful, because of the passing-by of my beloved.
Jaakobin pojat Pekka Kostiainen
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphthali, Gad,
Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin
--these are all the sons of Jacob.
St Thomas Singers
The Sailor and Young Nancy arr. Moeran
The Turtle Dove arr. Vaughan Williams
soloist Andrew Clarke, bass
I love my Love arr. Holst
Feel Good L.C.Tyson & L.Scott, Arr. B.Baker & D.J.Elliot
Turn around arr. Robert Issacs
I'm beginning to see the light Duke Ellington arr. Roland Ericson
It's been a long long time Jules Styne arr. Lars Ahinder
St Thomas Singers
Song for Athene John Tavener