|The Choir perform a wide range of pieces, from
sacred and classical to secular and modern day.
Some of our Sacred Repertoire
This familiar hymn, written by John Newton in the 18th
Century, is given modern treatment by Ed Lojeski.
A Silesian folk song, published in the Schleswige
Volkelieder, Leipzig (1842). It is also used to the words: Fairest Lord Jesus.
This short piece by Beethoven conveys wonder at the natural
world and traces the finger of the Creator throughout it. Original words by C F
This tune, to which we sing the words: “ I hear thy welcome
voice, that calls me Lord to Thee” was written by Lewis Hartsough, in America,
in 1872. The words were translated into Welsh by John Roberts and it became a
firm favourite, with a Welsh title which quite logically means: “Invitation”.
A Gaelic Blessing
This tuneful and moving piece was composed by John Rutter,
one of the finest contemporary English sources of church music. The text is
ancient, from Gaelic writings.
Every Time I Feel The Spirit
An arrangement by Alan Simmons of the well-known spiritual.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
Contemporary English composer Howard Goodall probably did not
foresee his setting of the 23rd
Psalm becoming popular as the theme tune of the BBC TV series: The Vicar of
Dibley. It was first performed in Oxford at Christ Church Cathedral.
The words of Isaac Watts, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,
are set to music by Emrys Jones. A hymn that is mainly associated with Easter.
Shall We Gather At The River
The words of this spiritual were written in Victorian times
by R Lowry and this version of the music was arranged by Alwyn Humphreys for the
Morriston Orpheus Choir in Swansea.
Sound An Alarm
A rallying call from Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus
(1746). It is arranged by Harold Noble for male voices.
Speed Your Journey
This chorus from Verdi’s opera Nabucco gives voice to the
longing of the captive Children of Israel for their homeland.
This is the meditation of Reverend Eli Jenkins, as he looks
over the fishing village in Dylan Thomas’s play for radio Under Milk Wood, which
was first broadcast in 1954. It is set to a 19th
century psalm tune, Troyte’s Chant.
Some of our Secular Repertoire
Can You Feel The Love Tonight ?
Anyone who has seen The Lion King (1994)
will recognise this Elton John/Tim Rice item sung by Simba and Nala. As
a solo it achieved high ratings in the charts.
I Walk The Line
The distinctive style of Johnny Cash, who
died as recently as 2003, is brought out in three of his songs dating
from 1949 to 1962. Was he a Country and Western artist, or Rock and Roll
or a Gospel singer? You will have to decide.
Is This The Way To Amarillo?
This Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield number
was released in 1971. If you are old you will remember Tony Christie’s
rendering, and if not, Peter Kay’s unfortunate encounter with a
The piano music of Frederic Chopin has been
plundered many times to provide melodies for songs. In this one, adapted
from the Study Opus 10 Number 3, the arrangement is by Andrew Goddard.
Portrait Of My Love
First published in 1960 this Ornadel/West
collaboration was made popular by Matt Monro and Val Doonican , among
others. The arrangement is by Alan Simmons.
The Two Roses
A wistful melody composed by Hildegard
Werner (born 1834). The words are anonymous. Music suitable for the
drawing room or a Palm Court orchestra.
This song from the film “Unchained” was
composed in 1955 by Alex North with words by Hy Zaret.
The words and music of Alice Hawthorne are
arranged for male voices by Harry Dexter.