Midsummer Music

A concert by Bulmer Choir 

conducted by Chris Thornton-Holmes

 with soloists from Pocklington School


Bulmer Choir was set up around eight years ago by a group of enthusiasts in Bulmer Village.  It is now a forty strong group of singers from villages and towns all across Ryedale, but true to its roots, stills rehearses in Bulmer Village Hall. Last year former opera singer Chris Thornton-Holmes joined as conductor and under his leadership the choir is going from strength to strength. The choir is lucky to have the talented Chris Welch as its accompanist.


The choir’s summer concert is a varied programme of well loved choral pieces, some new arrangements of popular folk music, a bit of Gilbert and Sullivan, and a few surprises!

Highlights are Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music, written to honour Sir Henry Wood and first performed in 1938.  The choir are delighted to be joined for this piece by talented young soloists from the sixth form of Pocklington School.  Purcell’s My Beloved Spake is much older, dating from 1680, and is a wonderful thanksgiving for the beauties of nature, so suitable for this time of year.

Also on the programme are new arrangements of some lovely Scottish music; Edward Caine’s haunting version of Ye Banks and Brae’s, and a moving medley of traditional songs by Chris Hutchings, After Culloden.

Tickets, price £7.50 are available from choir members, the choir’s website www.bulmerchoir.webs.org or Helmsley Arts Centre, tel 01439 771 700.

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