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Alistair Donaghue (baritone) and Polly Sharpe (piano)

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

In the first lunchtime recital of the series, Alistair Donaghue (baritone) and Polly Sharpe (piano) present an exploration of 21st Century British songs, including settings from the acclaimed CD Songs Now: British Songs of the 21st Century, and a selection of songs from a 2009 collection, the NMC Songbook. Songs Now was reviewed by Timothy […]


St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

This has all the hallmarks of a must-see concert: new commissions by Sadie Harrison and Morag Galloway, Philip Grange's Homage to Chagall and the wonderful playing of the ensemble, Gemini. What could possibly make this event even more rewarding? How about a preconcert talk by Philip Grange (6.45pm) plus a complimentary glass of wine! Peter […]

Duncan Honeybourne (piano) – Contemporary Piano Soundbites

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

a dazzling explosion of creativityTom Service, BBC Radio 3 New Music Show Duncan Honeybourne presents a selection of pieces from his collection Contemporary Piano Soundbites: Composers in Lockdown 2020. During the 2020 Lockdown Duncan commissioned over 30 piano miniatures from an eclectic mix of composers, ranging from distinguished senior figures to younger and emerging composers. Described […]

Elysian Singers

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

Buy tickets online Ticket type Standard £12.00 GBP Concession £10.00 GBP The Director of the Elysian Singers, Sam Laughton, has devised a fascinating programme of choral music where a contemporary work is paired with an earlier piece based on words from the same poet or source. For example, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rachmaninoff’s settings of All […]

Amy-Jayne Milton (flute), Josephine Peach (piano)

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Amy-Jane Milton is flautist of The Trilogy Ensemble and a regular performer with the LSO, RPO, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestras.  For this lunchtime concert, she has assembled a sumptuous programme of 20th century French music, including works for solo flute by Jolivet, Bozza and Debussy. […]


Ian Pace (piano) – The Art of Fugue

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

In 1845, Schumann discovered his passion for composing fugues: Even for me it is a strange and wonderful fact that almost every motif which forms within me bears the characteristics for multiple contrapuntal combinations. This recital, with Ian Pace at the piano, explores the threads that connect and resonate through a form that straddles three […]

Jakob Fichert (piano) – The Character Piece throughout Music History

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

Opening with Bach’s serene and pastoral piece in A major, the programme explores character pieces throughout different styles. A selection from Debussy’s iconic preludes are followed by lesser known, yet exquisite pieces by Lili Boulanger and Adolf Busch. The programme will conclude with Political Prayer, a powerful and thought-provoking piece written by York-based composer Steve […]

Jessica Summers (soprano) and Jelena Makarova (piano) – Living Songs: Songs of Love and Exile

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

Living Songs showcases songs by living composers alongside more well-known classical song repertoire. This concert will include music by Richard Causton, Silvina Milstein, Wolfgang Rhim, Steve Crowther, Patrick John Jones and David Lancaster. A collection will be made in aid of Safe Passage, helping refugees access legal routes to safety. Patrick John Jones: Elsewhere 137 (2021) […]

Jonathan Sage – Clarinet

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

Clarinettist Jonathan Sage explores a world of new sounds for clarinet and basset clarinet, including Saariaho's Duft and Neil Tòmas Smith's Strange Machines, as well as new pieces from Scott McLaughlin and James Williamson.  The programme also features Evan Ziporyn's masterful transcriptions of Balanese Gamelan and Shakuhachi pieces, Four Impersonations. Buy tickets online

Anna Snow (soprano) and Kate Ledger (piano) – 100 Second Songs

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

We're all familiar with those fleeting moments: a momentary flashback, a brief glimpse from a speeding train, a conversation overheard... This exciting project (curated by Dot Dash Music) invited composers from many different backgrounds to compose new songs, each lasting no more than 100 seconds, to create a patchwork of fragmentary musical miniatures. Composers include […]

Stuart O’Hara (bass) and Ionna Koullepou (piano) – Poetry Settings

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

This lunchtime programme includes settings of regional and local poets, by York-based composers. Stuart O'Hara — bass Ionna Koullepou — piano Selections from Songs Before Sleep- Richard Rodney Bennett  1.The Mouse and the Bumblebee– anon.  3.Twinkle, twinkle, little star– Jane Taylor  5. As I walked by myself– attrib. Bernard Barton Settings of regional and local […]

Steve Bingham (violin) and James Halsey (cello)

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

Steve and James present a fascinating recital of violin and cello music Reinhold Glier: Eight Duets for violin and cello, op.39I. PreludeII. GavotteIII. Cradle SongIV. CanzonettaV. IntermezzoVI. ImpromptuVII. ScherzoVIII. EtudeAulis Sallinen: Elegie for Sebastian Knight, for solo celloHans Werner Henze: Serenade, for solo celloBach: Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue from Suite no.3 in C major, for […]


St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

Yorkshire-based ensemble Spelk presents a transatlantic programme, including a rare performance of the complete Living Room Music by John Cage, Canadian composer Monica Pierce's new studies for piano and toy piano, a new piece by Derek O'Connell and the premiere of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue by the group's artistic director Nick Williams, celebrating old school hip hop culture. […]

Delta Saxophone Quartet – Dedicated to you but you weren’t listening

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York

The Delta Saxophone Quartet is recognised both nationally and internationally for its exciting schedule of live performances and cutting-edge recordings. These blur the lines of musical categorisation, often inspired by contemporary classical, jazz and rock music. Since 1984 it has been at the leading edge of the UK's contemporary music scene. Mike Westbrook: Overture to […]