Thursday March 15th 2018
We are very much looking forward to being back in Bolton Abbey Priory Church on Palm Sunday - 25th March for our annual sequence of words and music - 4.30 pm - free entry.
Sunday 4th March concert CANCELLED.
Sadly the travel conditions remain very difficult and we have had to cancel today's concert. Many apologies to all our followers - please watch this space for our future plans.
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The programme for our concert on 4th March is now pretty much decided.
Entitled 'Reflection and Joy' we feature choral and instrumental music in which the choir is joined by members of Camerata Salicium. Our programme includes William Byrd’s haunting ‘Ave verum corpus’, Purcell’s ‘Thou knowest, Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts’ and other contemplative music by Tallis, Anerio, Handel and Bach. The mood changes in the second half of the concert which opens with a bassoon sonata by Telemann played by talented young player, Ben Buckner, accompanied by cello and keyboard. This is followed by Haydn’s joyous ‘Little Organ Mass’, performed in original form with accompaniment of two violins, cello and organ. The concert ends with singers and players joining for J.S.Bach’s ‘Jesu joy of man’s desiring’, sung in its original German.
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Welcome to 2018!
We are all looking forward to starting rehearsals again next week and have some wonderful music lined up to bring you throughout the year.
Please keep an eye on our Events page as we firm up details of our programme and venues/times.
Tuesday 12th December 2017
It is with deep sadness that we report the tragic death of choir member Phil Andrew on Sunday, December 10th, as the result of a car accident in Scotland.
Phil was an outstanding musician who had been a leader within the tenor section of the choir since 2011. The choir was greatly enriched by his contribution and he made a lasting mark on our music-making.
We will miss him sorely, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends.
Monday 11th December 2017
Huge thanks to all who braved the cold weather to come to our Christmas concert yesterday, Sunday 10th - much appreciated. Didn't the children sing beautifully? And we thought Messiah went pretty well too!
Also many thanks to Brian Heaton who stepped in at the last minute to accompany us on the piano when our scheduled organist fell ill.
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Very many thanks to all who came to Bolton Abbey on Sunday 12th for our Remembrance Sunday event. The choir really enjoyed singing the Victoria and delivering the readings and we are grateful for all the positive and appreciative comments we received at the end. A lovely way to remember.
Thursday 12th October 2017
We are looking forward to, and rehearsing hard for, our autumn programme - Remembrance Sunday in Bolton Abbey on November 12th and Messiah Part 1 with seasonal music in Settle Parish Church on December 10th.
Please see the 'Events' page for more details!
Sunday 11th December
Delightful Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in Settle Parish Church. The children's choir gets bigger and better every year and the congregation sang with great enthusiasm. Many thanks to all who came to support.
Monday 17th October
Many thanks to all who came to our concert yesterday afternoon in Kirkby Malham Church. Over 70 enthusiastic and appreciative members of the audience raised several hundred pounds for Church Funds
6th September 2016
Great to be back rehearsing again at the start of this autumn term - thanks Lindy for tolerating our rustiness! Shaping up to be a super concert. See more here
15th May 2016
Our hugely appreciative audience at last night's super concert in aid of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in Bolton Abbey Priory Church. Many thanks to all of the well over 100 people who came to support us and the Trust.
We had such a good audience that we ran out of programmes. You can see it and print it here: Concert programme May 2016 (opens in a new tab).
9th May 2016
Here we are - choir and instrumentalists - rehearsing in Bolton Abbey Priory for our concert on Saturday - don't miss it!!
5th April 2016
We are now rehearsing for and very much looking forward to our next concert on 14th may in Bolton Abbey Priory to raise funds for the Yorkshire Dales Milennium Trust. See more here. Please put it in your diary now!
18th March 2016
Very much looking forward to our Palm Sunday event at Bolton Abbey. Sunday 20th at 4.30pm - don't miss it! See more here.
6th March 2016
On Friday March 4th members of the choir took part in a memorial service for Hugh Stalker. This celebratory event was in Kirkby Lonsdale Church where Hugh had been organist for twenty five years. The stories we heard about Hugh highlighted a life filled with music, a generous nature, and a gentle humour. The choir sang the Kyrie and Agnus Dei from Haydn's Missa Brevis Sancti Johannes de Deo (the Little Organ Mass), a work in which Hugh had accompanied us and also one which he had played frequently for the choir in Kirkby Lonsdale. The singing was very well received and we felt it was a privilige to be part of this occasion.
25th January 2016
It is with great sadness that we learned today, Monday January 25th 2016, of the death of Hugh Stalker.
In its early days Hugh played for the choir for several concerts as well as for rehearsals and the development of the choir benefitted greatly from his exceptional musicianship. Latterly he has been one of our most enthusiastic supporters and became our honorary organist. We will remember him with gratitude and with fondness, and we extend our condolences to Joan, his widow.
15th December 2015
Delightful Nine Lessons and Carols in Settle Parish church on Sunday evening. Unfortunately Lindy was unwell but we were abley directed by Jason Lowe who not only conducted the choir but also accompanied the children's choir and played the organ for the congregational carols - what a guy! The children sang beautfully and huge thanks to Cheryl for preparing them so professionally.
Happy Christmas to one and all
7th December 2015
Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols this Sunday the 13th December 2015 starting at 6.30 pm in Settle Parish Church . Don't miss it!!
23rd November 2015
Delightful 'Marian' service in Bolton Abbey Priory church last evening. Some wonderfully sensitive choral singing plus excellent readings and good hymns!
And a nice bright, moonlit night - see the new photo in the gallery. To view the gallery single left click on any picture and a 'viewer' will open.
29th October 2015
Great news! Our Kirkby Malham concert raised over £900.00 net for church funds. This will go to roof repairs. Thanks to all who came, played, sang, listened.
Lovely audience – thank you!
Great concert in Kirkby Malham on Sunday afternoon (18th Oct). Possibly our biggest audience yet, who were all very appreciative - thank you all for coming and supporting both choir and church. Will report on final numbers and money raised shortly!
Great news for October
Good News! Our October concert, featuring Vivaldi's Gloria, will be accompanied by organist Jason Lowe and a brass section! Please see Events Calendar for details.
8th September 2015
Great to be back rehearsing last night - preparing for our autumn schedule. First performance will be in Kirkby Malham church on the afternoon of Sunday 18th October. Main work Vivaldi Gloria. Do come along and help support their fundraising efforts following the theft of roof lead. See Events Calendar for more details
14th May 2015
Excellent concert last Saturday in Giggleswick School Chapel with one of our most appreciative audiences yet. We were raising fundds for the Cave Rescue Organisation based in Clapham - final total tbc.
Please see updated Gallery for photos!
14th April 2015
We have a vacancy for a soprano! This is a great opportunity to join our chamber choir whose reputation is growing widely. Lovely repertoire- lovely people. Do have a look at our 'singing with Cantores Salicium' section in 'About Us' here.
17th March 2015
Grateful thanks to Steve Finch whose photo shows members of the Cave Rescue Organisation and Cantores Salicium outside Giggleswick School Chapel planning the event.
More details published on our 'Events Calendar '(here) for our May 9th concert to raise funds for the Cave Rescue Organisation.
Here are Lindy's background thought to the event:
.... and there was light!
I write this on a day when swathes of sleet with darkened skies race across the Ribble valley closely followed by brilliant sunshine. This gave me inspiration to write about a concert to be given by the chamber choir Cantores salicium in May.
As I was planning this year’s music for the choir I had already had the idea to devise a concert programme on the theme of ‘Darkness and light’ when we were asked if the concert could be in aid of the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) which is based in Clapham.
We are delighted to be supporting this local group and I hardly need to elaborate on CRO’s dedication and skills and their importance in the community. With regularity we hear of how they have saved a life or helped someone who is injured, often in dire conditions, these events being not only below ground but out on the hills as well. Everyone who ventures out into the beautiful dales should feel reassured that CRO is on standby should an accident befall them. CRO is a charity run by volunteers and is dependent public donations, both from individuals and from companies. Its website gives an indication of the extraordinary range of first aid and other skills that the dedicated team has to develop in order to be prepared for a wide range of incidents. Putting on a concert with music and readings whose main theme is light and darkness seems apt for an organisation whose activities involve working both underground and out in the open.
Saturday May 9th is the date for our ‘CRO’ concert and it will take place in Giggleswick School Chapel, starting at 7.30. The organist will be Jason Lowe who will contribute to the concert by accompanying the choir and by playing a solo piece. The first half of the concert will consist of sacred works, starting with the opening of Haydn’s great work ‘The Creation’, depicting the beginning of light out of darkness. There will be music by Victoria, Sweelinck, MacMillan and Gowers and readings by John Donne and Gerald Manley Hopkins. With caves in mind, the second half will begin with a chorus from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, ‘In our deep-vaulted cell’. This will be followed by solo and choir songs and readings by Dylan Thomas and John Donne. The whole programme will be an unusual and eclectic mixture of music ranging from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.
These two groups, a rescue organisation and a small chamber choir could hardly be more different in their raisons d’être. In addition the former has been going for 80 years whilst the latter has existed for only a tenth of that. Cave Rescue undertakes highly unpredictable, often dangerous activities in order to help people recover from or escape injury, or find them when they are lost, whilst the choir works in the comfort of a rehearsal room, a church or a hall, the only unpredictability being a wrong note or getting lost on the page! Yet bringing the two diverse groups together in this way seems right in that each is a local group dedicated to enhancing life in the dales for a wide range of people.
Cantores salicium is proud to be putting on this event for Cave Rescue. I hope that a large number of people will come along to the concert for an evening of wonderful music and in so doing to support the dedicated and versatile people who run this most important local venture.
Lindy Williams March 2015
19th November 2014
Two 2015 dates announced - March 29th and May 9th.
See our Events Calendar for more details