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St Georges Cullercoats Early Music Festival 2006
in association with the Friends St George's, Cullercoats

See the Music and services page for the list of regular services at St George's Cullercoats and the Music list for more choral services.


St George's Early Music Festival is a series of unique concerts over the week after St George's day, in one of the finest acoustic spaces in the region, St George's church Cullercoats.

The Festival Director, Andrew Soulsby, describes this year's programme as an excellent development of the highly successful first festival in 2005. We have some superb artists coming who will really help us put Cullercoats on the map".

This year sees performances from Vox Humana, Palatinate Singers from Durham as well as Uncloistered from York. We are also pleased to welcome James Taylor across from Canada.


Festival Programme 2006

Thursday 27th April
WBHS Early Music consort and The Brandling Consort Theatre music
Directed by Andrew Soulsby and Richard Gooding
Programme to include:
  Abdelazer suite; Excerpts from 'Dido and Anaeas' ~ Henry Purcell
  Excerpts from 'Venus and Adonis' ~ John Blow
  Introduzione Theatrali ~ Locatelli
Free Entry

Friday 28th April
Vox Humana perform 'Venus and Adonis' by John Blow
Directed by Andrew Soulsby
with soloists:
  Jessica Holmes - Venus
  Robin Crinson - Adonis
  Nicholas Jackson - Cupid
Tickets: £7.00/£6.00

Saturday 29th April
James Taylor (Montreal) Harpsichord
'English Espionage and the Dutch war with Catholic Spain...'; Programme to include music by Philips, Bull and Cabezon.
Tickets: £5.00/£4.00

Palatinate Voices
Saturday 29th April
The Palatinate Singers (Durham), Directed by Keith Wright
A programme of French and English renaissance music
Tickets: £8.00/£6.00

Uncloistered perform at St George's
Sunday 30th April
Uncloistered (York) with a programme of Late Medieval and Early Renaissance polyophony.
Tickets: £5.00/£4.00

Sunday 30th April
Festival Choral Evensong sung by the Choir of St Georges Cullercoats directed by Shaun Turnbull, to complete the Early Music Festival.
  Introit: tba
  Responses: tba
  Canticles: tba
  Anthem: tba
Free entry, retiring collection

supported by Arts Council Funding


Vox Humana in performance in Cullercoats
Vox Humana in performance in Cullercoats in 2003
For more details and photos see




Festival Programme 2005

            Friday 22 April . . . . . . . . . . . .

Friday 22nd - 7.30pm
  The Student Teacher’
Whitley Bay High School Early Music Consort
Music by Newcastle born composer Charles Avison and his teacher Francesco Geminiani, played by Students of Whitley Bay High School, fresh from workshops with the Avison Ensemble.
Programme includes:~
    ‘L’Inverno’ from the Seasons     Antonio Vivaldi
    Cello Sonata V in E                  Francesco Geminiani
    Violin Sonata III in D minor     Francesco Geminiani
    Concerto Grosso in E minor     Charles Avison

          FREE Entry


            Saturday 23rd April . . . . . . . . . . . .

Saturday 23rd - 1.00pm
  English keyboard Music - ‘Tallis to Handel’
A guided tour of English keyboard music played by St. George’s Director of Music Paul Ritchie (organ) and Andrew Soulsby (harpsichord). Hear rare performances of music from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and ‘Musick’s Hand~Maid’ played on period instruments.
Programme includes:
    Barofostus’ Dreame        Anon.
    Concerto III in C min        Charles Avison
    Suite No. VIII in F minor    GF Handel

          Tickets: £6.00 & £5.00

Saturday 23rd - 3.30pm
  Guild of the Servants of the Sancutary Solemn Festival Mass; this is not part of the festicval, but may be of interest.
Setting: Plainsong
          free entry

Saturday 23rd - 7.30pm
  Vox Humana Chamber Choir - ‘Music for Royal Patrons’
Vox Humana make a return to St. George’s for the weekend’s main event to perform a Purcell Welcome Ode and the Mozart ‘Ave Verum Corpus’, accompanied by a Baroque String Band, directed by Andrew Soulsby.
Programme to include:
    WA Mozart:  Missa Brevis in B flat, K276b
    WA Mozart:  Ave Verum Corpus,
    Henry Purcell:  O Sing unto the Lord
    Hennry Purcell:  Now does the Glorious Day Appear
          Tickets: £8.00 & £7.00

            Sunday 24th April . . . . . . . . . . . .

Sunday 24th - 1.00pm
    Wind and Wire - ‘Music for Recorder and Harpsichord’
Take a journey around the salons of 18th century Europe and hear a programme of Barsanti, Cima, Telemann and Parcham played by Karen Martin on Descant and Treble recorders.
      Tickets £6.00 & £5.00

Sunday 24th - 6.30pm
    Festival Choral Evensong
Including a full performance of Purcell's 'Rejoice in the Lord Alway' accompanied by strings
Introit:  Thou Knowest Lord – Purcell
Responses:  Ayleward
Canticles:  Blow in G
Anthem:   Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Purcell
          Free entry

For more information on any of the events or to make a block booking at a discounted rate visit St. George’s web site at Or E~Mail

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To see a review of Vox Humana from the Hexham Courant, please click here