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Concert Dates 2016:


Concert Dates 2016:

Saturday December 3rd: Carols at Tatton Hall.

The Hall is open from 11.00am to 3.00pm as the House will be decorated for Christmas and the choir will be singing carols at times throughout this period.


Thursday 8th December: Ordsall Hall at 7.30, "A Tudor Yule" Tickets available by telephoning 0161 872 0251 or by clicking this web link.

Tuesday 13th December: Holy Innocents Carol Service, Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6JZ



7pm Tuesday May 12th 2015

Tabley House, Knutsford


An evening of music in the gracious surroundings of the 18th century Cheshire country house.




7.30pm Saturday March 28th 2015

St Margaret's Church, Dunham


'Nightingales and Owls'


A programme including English and French choral music by Finzi, Elgar, Poulenc and Duruflé and featuring a selection of Bruckner's magnificent unaccompanied motets.

Tuesday 9th December 2014 Holy Innocents Church 7.30pm
Advent Carol Service, click here for details.

Saturday 29th November 2014 Tatton Hall Carol Singing. 


Saturday 8th November 2014 St. Peter's Church, Ashley Road, Hale, Manchester, WA15 9SS at 7.30 pm. Concert in support of Uganda Development Services.  Programme includes music by Bruckner, Duruflé and Finzi. Download programme here.
                                  Registered Charity No. 2952594                                            

Tuesday 11th March 2014 St. James's Church Gatley 7.30pm.
 Including music by Tallis, Tavener, Taverner and Part.


Sunday 8th December 2013 at 3pm.

St. Peter's Church Oughtrington, Lymm, rehearsal at 1pm.

Featuring Lymm High School String Ensemble, including music by Howells, Sweelinck, Victoria and Tallis.




Elin Rees, organ. Click here to download program. 

Bury Parish Church May 12th 2012
Sunday 8th December 2013 at 3pm.
St. Peter's Church Oughtrington, Lymm, rehearsal at 1pm.


Featuring Lymm High School String Ensemble,

 including music by Howells, Sweelinck, Victoria and Tallis.


Saturday 14th December 2013 Tatton Hall Carol singing: 12:00 -15:00, arrive no later than 11:30.
Lymm Festival 1st July St Mary's Church Lymm
John Ireland - Greater Love Hath No Man (1879 - 1962)
Sir William Walton - A Litany (Drop Drop - 1902 - 1983)
Sir William Walton - Set Me as a Seal
John Ireland - The Hills
Anonymous, 14th century Spanish: Mariam Matrem Virginem
Igor Stravinsky - Ave Maria ( 1882 - 1971)
Jeffrey Lewis - Fons Amoris( b.1942 - )
               Alteri Chamber Choir - Post Concert Photo 1st July 2012
Anonymous, 14th Century English: Sumer is icumen in
Francis Pilkington - Amyntas with His Phyllis Fair (1565 - 1638)
Thomas Bateson - Phyllis Farewell (1575 - 1630)
John Farmer - Fair Phyllis I Saw ( 1570 - 1601)
Thomas Morley - Now is the Month of Maying (1557/8 - 1602)
Arvo Part - Magnificat (b.1935)
Herbert Howells - Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis, Collegium Regale.
Gerald Finzi - God is Gone Up (1901 - 1956)
David Jones and Jeffrey Lewis - St Mary's Church 1 July 2012

14th century Spanish - Mariam Matrem

Pergolesi – Stabat Mater

William Walton - A Litany

Jeffrey Lewis - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Bangor)

Arr. Philip Spratley – Ascension and Whitsun carols

Arvo Part – Magnificat

Messiaen – movements from L’Ascension

Finzi – God is Gone Up


Gatley Concert Itinerary December 13th, St James' Church, Gatley at 7.30pm


Plainchant, Te Deum (tenors and basses)
John Hawkins: For These

Jeffrey Lewis: Ave Maria

Jeffrey Lewis: Fons Amoris (first performance)

Verdi: Ave Maria and Laudi alla Vergine Maria (the latter sops and altos)
Poulenc: Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue (tenors and basses)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum

Lymm Sunday 3rd July


Parry - I was glad

Parry - My soul, there is a country

Elgar - The shower

John Hawkins - Sweet day
Gary Carpenter - The rapture
Vaughan Williams - Five mystical songs

---- INTERVAL ----

Handel - The King shall rejoice
Wilbye - Weep mine eyes
Sullivan - The long day closes
Handel - My heart is inditing
Gibbons - The silver swan
Stanford - The bluebird
Handel - Zadok the priest

Albion  Saturday 25th June
                      Handel - Zadok the priest
                             Stanford - The bluebird
Parry - My soul, there is a country
Sullivan - The long day closes
Elgar - The shower
John Hawkins - Sweet day
Gary Carpenter - The rapture
John Sullivan - Do not stand
Vaughan Williams - Easter; Antiphon

---- INTERVAL ----

Vivaldi - Gloria
Parry - I was glad

Music by Champion - Never weather-beaten sail : Proctor-Gregg - Tune Thy Music to Thyne Heart: Parry - Never weather-beaten sail: Instrumental - John R Williamson - Loveliest of Trees & When I was One and Twenty: Instrumental - Howells - Requiem excerpt & Requiem Aeternum 1 : Vaughan Williams - Sweet Day: Elgar - The Shower: John Hawkins - Sweet Day: Parry - My Soul, there is a country: Instrumental - Gary Carpenter - The Rapture: Holst - The Evening Watch.

Summer Music : Britten, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar and Dufay. Click here for on-line programme.

Sunday 13 December 2009, 7.30 pm, St Peter's Church, Oughtrington
A programme of music for Christmas with guests the Metropolitan Brass Ensemble and Chere Ko, organ   
Traditional carols (with audience participation) and carol arrangements by Philip Spratley
Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
Holst: Lullay My Liking
Tavener: The Lamb
Howells: Here is the Little Door

Saturday 20 June 2009, 7.30pm, Holy Innocents' Church, Fallowfield

With guests Rebecca Chellappah, mezzo-soprano, and Mutian Xu, piano, performing traditional Chinese songs and settings of Chinese poetry by Bantock and Lennox Berkeley


Copland: Four Motets

Barber: Reincarnations

Stravinsky: Pater Noster

Stravinsky: Credo

Stravinsky: Ave Maria 

Howells: Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing

arr. Holst: Four Welsh Folk Songs (O ‘twas on a Monday morning,
White summer rose,The first love,The Mother-in law) arr. Philip Spratley:
Four Carols (Winter Carol, Eckington Carol, Ascension  God is Ascended)

arr. Tippett: Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time



Sunday 9 November 2008, 3pm, Imperial War Museum North, The Quays, Trafford Park

Remembrance Sunday - 90th Anniversary of the end of the Great War


Parry: from Songs of Farewell:

My Soul, There is a Country

I Know My Soul Hath Power

Never Weather-beaten Sail

There is an Old Belief

At the Round Earth's Imagin'd Corners


Saturday 18 October 2008, 7.30pm, St Ann's Church, St Ann's Square, Manchester

North West Composers Association Concert


Stuart Scott: These Days

Joanna Treasure: Our birth is but a sleep

Joanna Treasure: Early, bright, transient

John Reeman: Agnus Dei (from Missa Brevis)

John Ramsden Williamson: Kyrie (from Missa Brevis)

David Forshaw: Blake's Joy

John Ramsden Williamson: When I was one and twenty

Michael Cutting: Bonne penséedumatin

Colin Bayliss: A Christmas Lullaby

David Solomons: Alleyways

Joanna Treasure: Time's Stave

David Ellis: Autumn Light


Saturday 18 February 2006, 7.30pm, Manchester Cathedral

A Glimpse of Infinity

David Jones, piano

Jeffrey Makinson, organ


Jeffrey Lewis: Musica Aeterna (first performance)

Jeffrey Lewis: Sacred Chants (first complete performance)

7.30pm Sunday June 28th 2015

St Mary's Church, Lymm


A concert given as part of the Lymm Festival.


'A Woodland Mass'


A pastoral programme for the summer, including music for female voices and harp by Gustav Holst, as well as musical portraits of nature from Iceland by Jon Leifs and from Wales by Jeffrey Lewis. The programme will also include music by Stanford, Ravel and Messiaen.



Sunday 29th June 2014 St. Mary's Church, Lymm at 7.30pm. Including music by Ginastera and Victoria. 


Featuring Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.

Recognized as one of Britain's leading chamber music groups, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance, expansive repertoire and ground breaking work in developing the guitar quartet medium. The quartet has performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and is admired for its original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures. Formed originally at the Royal Northern College of Music (in 1999) under the guidance of Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey, the quartet went on to study with renowned guitarists such as Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghilia and Scott Tennant. Since then, they have received many awards in 2009 and were signed exclusively to Chandos Records.



"A Tudor Yule"  24th November 2012 St Mary's Church Stockport with Roger Child.
Angelus ad Virginem
Veni, Veni, Emanuel
Personent Hodie
Roger Child  - Lute
Leonel Power ( c1370/85 - 1445) - Beata progenies)
anon english (fifteen century) - Nowel syng we both al and som
Joan Ambrosio Dalza (fl.1508) - Recercar
Francesco Spinacino (fl.1507) - Recercar
Francesco da Milnano (1947 - 1543) - Fantasia (1536)
Noca! nova (sarah d'Ardenne, soprano)
Ave Maria
The is no rose
Hayl Mary ful of grace
Roger Child  - Lute
Adrian le roy (1520 - 1598) - Bransles de Bourgogne (1552)
Anthony Holbourne (1545 - 1602) - The night watch
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Qui Natus Est de Virgine
William Byrd (c 1539/40 - 1623) - This Day Christ was Born
Swete Was the Song
Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625) - Thus Angels Sung
Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623) - Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Roger Child  - Lute
Mounsier's Almaine (from the Manchester Lyra Viol Book, c 1660)
Anon english (sisteenth century) - Walsingham
Coventry Carol
William Byrd - Lullaby My Sweet Little Baby
Roger Child  - Lute
John Downland - (1563 - 1626)) - Captaine Digorie Piper's Galliard
Thomas Robinson (fl.1589 - 1610) Mr Robinson's Delight
William Byrd - Laetentur Coeli
The Boar's Head Carol

Sunday 13th March 2011: Philip Spratley recordings, Stockport.
Alteri recorded a number of Carols composed by Philip Spratley, a CD will soon be available for purchase.
                                  Recording session in Stockport

Christmas Carols at Tatton Hall:
Wednesday 1st December 6.30pm to 9pm.
Saturday 11th December  12.00 to 4pm.

With John Turner, recorder
A celebration of 750 years of Stockport Market, including music by composers associated with Stockport, with music by Douglas Steele, David Ellis and Peter Hope.
In Paradisum
With Gethin Davies-Jones, organ.
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
O Sacrum Convivium
Vierne: Adagio from Symphony No 3
Saint-Saëns: Calmes des nuits,  Les fleurs et les arbres (Deux choeurs)
Duparc: Benedicat Vobis Dominus
Fauré: Requiem

Saturday 26 September 2009, 7.30pm, St Margaret's Church, Dunham:


Autumn Light:


Jeffrey Makinson, organ


Copland: Four Motets

Stravinsky: Ave Maria

Stravinsky: Pater Noster

Purcell: Funeral Sentences

David Ellis: Autumn Light

arr. Tippett: Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time

David Ellis: Sequentia V (Genesis)

Purcell: Thou knowest, Lord

Barber: Reincarnations

Howells: Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing

Handel: Three Choruses from Messiah(For unto us a son is born, Hallelujah, Worthy is the Lamb)



Sunday 13 December 2008, 7.30pm, St Peter's Church, Oughtrington

Winter Around The World

With guests Northern Horizons (Hyun-Jin Lee, soprano, Noriko Tsuzaki, violin, Catarina Ferreira, cello, Mutian Xu, piano) performing music by Handel, Puccini, Piazzolla, Pietro Yon and the first performance of Snowscape by Gillian Menichino


Plainchant: Angelus ad virginum

Traditional French: Il est né, le divin Enfant

Traditional Neapolitan: Quando nascette Ninno

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, with Louise Thomson, harp

Traditional French: Noël nouvelet!

Traditional Provençal: Ce matin j’ai rencontré le train

Peter Warlock: Six Carols (Balulalow, As dew in Aprille, Bethlehem Down, Cornish Carol, I saw a fair maiden, Benedicamus Domino)

Traditional carols (with audience participation)


Sunday 6 July 2008, 7.30pm, United Reformed Church, Lymm

An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan

With guests Emma Peaurt, soprano, Simon Crosby-Buttle, tenor, and Benjamin Weaver, baritone


Choruses, ensembles, solos and duets from The Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Ruddigore, The Grand Duke and Utopia, Ltd.

Piano solo - Twilight

Partsong - The Long Day Closes