The Lydian Choir regularly sings at venues around North Lincolnshire, and sometimes further afield
2017 has seen us once again performing at the Epworth Music Day and in the garden at Hall Farm, Harpswell. After singing in Fountains Court, Epworth in the morning of 24th June, we travelled across the county to Winterton where we presented an evening concert with our guests the Elysian Choir from Wakefield.
Our Herbert Howells' Festival, the brainchild of our member Kim Francis, took place in November. There were events in Scunthorpe, Barton on Humber, Beverley Minster and Winterton. We have retained a separate page which shows each concert in more detail.
In 2016 we enjoyed another trip to Sallanches in the French Alps, and once again performed at the Epworth Music Day, and at the Open Gardens event at Harpswell. Our focus for the year was on music for the concerts we presented at Saxby all Saints and Appleby Churches in June. We were joined in these concerts by a String Ensemble led by Barbara Tune and professional soprano soloist Chloe Claywell. Our last annual Christmas Concert took place at St. Lawrence's Church Scunthorpe in December 2016.
During 2015, as well as our usual local concerts we took part in two really "special" events. In February the choir promoted a performance of an adaption of Milton's Paradise Lost, featuring professional actor Ian Hogg (in the role of God) and music by Tim Sutton. The work was written by local author Ian Sharp. In October the choir was proud to be invited to support nationally renowned Tenor, Russell Watson, when he appeared In Concert at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.
During 2014 we performed at the Epworth Music Day, South Kelsey Church and Harpswell in June, and at The Baths Hall Choir Day in October. We also sang at the funerals of Sir John Mason, Geoff Warburton and John Harding, all of whom had long associations with the choir.
Our less recent performances include the following.
On 17th September 2011 we performed Music For Everyone at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Epworth under the baton of Susan Hollingworth. The concert was in aid of the Epworth Old Rectory Development Fund.
Our Summer Concert at Alkborough was part of the North Lincolnshire Arts Forum Big Sky Festival.
Our 2009 Christmas Concert took place at St. Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe on Saturday 19th December. The snowy conditions didn't deter our loyal audience and we were able to present £250.00 from our ticket sales to the Lighthouse suported housing project. A further donation will follow when we know how much we made from sales of refreshments.
In June 2009 we performed a Summer Concert at Burton Stather Church. The programme included Bob Chilcot's: The Making of the Drum, a selection of Negro Spirituals plus European Madrigals and Part Songs. Our soloists were Sally Parker, Clarinet, and Jill Turner, Mezzo Soprano.
During April 2007 we hosted a visit of the French choir Resonances from Sallanches. The Lydian Choir visited them in 2005 and it was a great pleasure meeting them again.
The visitors had a busy week. On the first day they explored the North Lincolnshire area with their hosts and were entertained to a ceilidh in the evening. The rest of the week incluided visiting Chatsworth House, singing in Lincoln Cathedral and spending a day in York. On Wednesday 11th April we gave a joint concert at St. Lawrence's Church and on the following evening had a farewell dinner at Arties Mill!
To see some pictures of the week go to the Photo Album page.
In 2009 we also took part in the tercentary celebrations of the birth of Charles Wesley at Epworth. Our concert, 'A Song for Charles' was a selection of choral and instrumental music from the time of Charles Wesley with settings old and new, of a few of his hymns, and compositions by his descendants. The choir were joined by The Chancel String Quartet and Clare Neal, oboe soloist.
We gave our last concert of 2006 in the Garden of Epworth Old Rectory, childhood home of Charles and John Wesley, shown in the picture above.
The Lydian Choir and the Riverhead Ranters provided entertainment for an appreciative audience who relaxed in the warm but pleasantly shaded garden on one of the hottest days of the year so far!
The Riverhead Ranters are a group of folk musicians from Louth, who perform in concerts, dances, folk festival and weddings. They regularly attend folk sessions in the Woolpack Inn, Louth and allegedly at least some of their number enjoy the occasional Guiness!
St. Lawrence's Church, Scunthorpe