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Aylesbury Consort of Voices

4 January @ 12:45 pm 1:45 pm

£7 Adults

Tickets on the door (cash or card). Under 18s and carers go free

Doors open at 12:15 pm

Aylesbury Lunchtime Music

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St Mary the Virgin

Church Street
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 2JJ United Kingdom
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Ed Pitt Mansfield


Annabella Rennison, Amanda Alvares, Lesley Vincent, Ellie Hawkes, Liz Norriss, Alison Kirk


Julie Turner, Kate Walker, Jane Thorburn, Fionnuala Prosser


Bryn Jones, Michael Hawkes, Geoffrey Howell, Brian Tibbels


Nick Walker, Tim Johnson, David Booker

Notes on the performers

Aylesbury Consort of Voices was originally founded by Charles Pope in the 1950s, who was a former teacher at Aylesbury Grammar School and was actively involved in the Aylesbury music scene at that time, effectively establishing a whole variety of music groups including the Aylesbury Choral Society, and the Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, which has enabled successive generations of musicians to enjoy his achievements and has greatly enriched the cultural life of the area.

Aylesbury Consort of Voices has evolved into a performance choir of hand-picked singers, performing music from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Kelvin Turner was Musical Director of the Aylesbury Consort of Voices between 2006 and 2023 until he decided it was time to leave and pursue his own singing activities .  We are very fortunate to now have Edwin Pitt Mansfield as our guest conductor. Ed is a Singing Teacher, Conductor, Baritone and Examiner –  well known as an established teacher and educator, frequently leading workshops and seminars across the UK. With a specialism in working with gifted teenagers and professional performers, he is Singing Teacher at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, an examiner for Trinity College London, and Chair of The Association of Teachers of Singing (2022 – 2024).


Programme notes

Giovanni de Palestrina

Arise, Shine O Jerusalem

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594) was an Italian composer of late Renaissance music. The central representative of the Roman School, with Orlande de Lassus and Tomás Luis de Victoria, Palestrina is considered the leading composer of late 16th-century Europe.

Source: Wikipedia

Hubert Parry

Welcome Yule!

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (1848 – 1918), was an English composer, teacher and historian of music. As a composer he is best known for the choral song “Jerusalem”

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William Llewellyn

Ding dong merrily on high

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” is a Christmas carol. The words are by the English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934).

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Ola Gjeilo

Northern Lights

Ola Gjeilo is a Norwegian composer and pianist, living in the United States. He writes choral music, and has written for piano and wind symphony, publishing through Walton Music, Edition Peters, and Boosey and Hawkes.

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Gruber (arr. Barry Rose)

Silent Night

“Silent Night” (German: “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.

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Thomas Luis de Victoria

O Magnum Mysterium

O magnum mysterium has an associated plainchant melody, and in this form has been sung since the middle ages. However, the text has appealed to many composers over the years. Many of the most notable composers of the renaissance made settings, including William Byrd, Jacob Clemens non Papa, Cristóbal de Morales, D. Pedro de Cristo, Palestrina (article on the setting) and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Victoria went on to publish a mass based on his motet in 1592.

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Peter Warlock

Bethlehem Down

“Bethlehem Down” is a Christmas carol composed in 1927 by British composer Peter Warlock. It is set to a poem written by journalist and poet Bruce Blunt.

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Kenneth Leighton

Coventry Carol

The “Coventry Carol” is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors.

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Thomas W Talley, arr Bob Chilcott

Behold that star

Joyful & tuneful spiritual alternating between solo phrase and choral response.

Source: Wikipedia

James Bassi

Quem Pastores laudavere

Thou whom shepherds worshipped

Source: Wikipedia

Sally Beamish

In the stillness

Sally Beamish OBE (b. 1956) is a British composer and violist. Her works include chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music.

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Rihards Dubra

Hodie christus natus est

Rihards Dubra (born 1964) is a Latvian composer. Many of his works are religiously influenced.

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A spotless rose

A Spotless Rose is one of Howells’s most well-known and enduring works, a tender, if somewhat slight unaccompanied choral piece that encompasses much of Howells’s early choral writing and points towards the glories of Collegium Regale and beyond.

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Ola Gjeilo

Ubi Caritas

“Ubi caritas” is a hymn of the Western Church, long used as one of the antiphons for the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday.

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Francis Poulenc

O magnum mysterium

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (1899 – 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include songs, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Among the best-known are the piano suite Trois mouvements perpétuels (1919), the ballet Les biches (1923), the Concert champêtre (1928) for harpsichord and orchestra, the Organ Concerto (1938), the opera Dialogues des Carmélites (1957), and the Gloria (1959) for soprano, choir, and orchestra.

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Jacibus Clemens non Papa

Magi veniunt ab oriente

The wise men came from the East.

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Peter Cornelius

The three kings

The wise men came from the East.

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Francis Poulenc

Hodie christus natus est

Today Christ is born

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