Autumn Concert at St Michael's, Flixton

06/11/2013 12:24

The Flixton concert didn’t have snow like last year ... but we did get thunder and lightning, which went very well with Reg’s stunning programme cover ‘Sunset and the Dark’ning Blue’. The title was taken from René Clausen’s Tonight Eternity Alone sung by the Chorale that evening. The programme was very well received by the audience in the packed church: ‘A nice mixture of light and shade.’

Two new pieces deserve mention (according to randomly selected relatives of this writer): Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait-on (So they say) is a simple but beautiful theme sung as a series of rounds to great effect. ‘You sounded very French’, one surprised listener was heard to mention. ‘Do you get coaching?’ Yes, we do (by first bass Nick, who used to teach French). How They So Softly Rest is a motet written by Healey Willan commemorating the dead of the First World War to Wordsworth’s poem. The lower voices sing the Mistico to nothing, followed by the upper voices singing ‘And they no longer weep’. A very moving part that had the audience holding their breath and my interviewee admitting to tears in her eyes.

The lighter songs the audience clearly enjoyed were Bob Chilcott’s Buffalo Girls, which has a tongue-twister in tight harmony in the middle that took some rehearsing, and Cole Porter’s Miss Otis Regrets, which has delicious harmonies and is a very nice song ... until you realise what the song is about!

Next time we sing at Flixton, David (another first bass and soloist on the night, singing some lovely Quilter) has threatened to bring a screwdriver to rearrange the pews for the choir so we can all see Jill, rather than just her fingertips.

Altogether a brilliant concert with a perfectly constructed programme by our Musical Director Jill.

Our Musical Director


Jill Henderson-Wild has been with us since 2006.

Her biographical notes are in the People page.

Our Assistant Musical Director

Dave Robinson

See the People page for more details

2024 Concert Dates:


  • 29 June 2024, 7:30pm, at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 
  • 6 July 2024, 7:30pm, at the church of St Michael and All Angels, Hawkshead
  • 19 October 2024, 3:00pm, at St Margaret's Church, Prestwich
  • 7 December 2024, 3:00pm, at Didsbury Baptist Church
  • 24 December 2024, 3:00pm in the Bridgewater Hall
  • 15 March 2025, 7:30pm, with Bury Youth Big Band at Bury Parish Church
  • 10 May 2025, 7:30pm, with the Master Singers at All Saints Parish Church, Cawthorne
  • 5 July 2025, 7:30pm, at the Bridge Church, Otley
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