Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars - our next concert in Didsbury

03/02/2016 16:45

After our resoundingly successful Christmas concerts at The Bridgewater Hall with the Manchester Concert Orchestra, the mood and venue change to a calmer setting. Our next concert – Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars – sees us at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury on 12th March where we will be singing in aid of the charity Freedom from Torture. This concert is for those of you who warm to descriptive poetry set to beautiful harmonies by some of the world’s best composers for choirs.


The concert title is taken from Bob Chilcott’s piece of the same name, which is a tender love song for Kate: ‘forever you will be – like sun, moon, sea and stars to me, to me’. Bring your handkerchiefs. Another Chilcott piece is his gentle arrangement of the American folksong Hush Little Baby. As usual in our own concerts, we have an international list of composers and will be singing some new pieces hitherto unknown or lesser known in the UK. Jussi Chydenius figures in many of our recent concerts. He describes himself as ‘a hopeless romantic and an utterly text-oriented composer’. We will be singing three of his  pieces: Deep in the Night is very funky; Tonight is a melancholic love song; I Am the Great Sun is one of the Chorale’s favourites with exciting crescendos and changing rhythms. Eric Whitacre is an American who writes complex harmonies that delight and intrigue choirs and listeners alike. His Seal Lullaby closely captures Rudyard Kipling’s poem about the moon and ‘the slow-swinging seas’. Even further away, New Zealand’s David Hamilton adds a new piece to our repertoire – Only the Moon Has Secrets. Look on our website to see our full repertoire. However, bringing us closer to home, we will be singing Bright Star by the Chorale’s own Chris O’Hara who hails from Glossop. The website has an interview with Chris where he describes his piece as ‘slightly challenging’. We’re working on another piece by Chris. Watch out for the world premiere! There will be other songs on our title theme, but we will be adding in a few lighter surprises.

Tickets from here.

Freedom from Torture is a charity providing therapy, practical assistance and medico-legal documentation to survivors of torture and organised violence. Most clients are refugees or asylum seekers who are not only suffering the effects of torture but also the uncertainty of life in exile. The centre in Manchester, which receives around 12 referrals a fortnight, also runs music groups, a football group, offers training and supervision for those working with survivors and has a family and young people's service. The small local supporters group always welcomes help. Please contact Merryn Cooke 0161 861 0153 if you are interested.


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:


  • 18 May 2024, 3:00pm, at Wilmslow United Reformed Church
  • 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, with Bury Youth Big Band 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, Venue TBC
  • 10 May 2024, 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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