We choose repertoire for our concerts that is linked to the location and tradition of the place we sing in. You may find a selection below.

Hail, Gladdening Light

Music for Passiontide and Easter by Byrd, Taverner, MacMillan etc., performed in Netherbury in April 2015.

 The Lamb – John Tavener (1944-2013)

Dum transisset Sabbatum I – John Taverner (1490?-1545)

Libera nos I & II – John Sheppard (1515?-1558)

Fantasia Chromatica – J. P. Sweelinck (1562-1621)

A Child’s Prayer – James MacMillan (b. 1959)

Sleep – Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) 

Hail gladdening light – Charles Wood (1866-1926) 

Haec dies - William Byrd (1540-1623)

Psalms 23 & 150 – chants by Ben Finn (b. 1968)

Verbum bonum et suave – Anon.

Verbum bonum et suave – Brian Inglis (b.1969)

Te deum – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Bring us, O Lord – William Harris (1883-1973)


An hour of Christmas carols from the sixteenth century to the present day sung in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in December 2014.

A solis ortus cardine (v. 1-4) - Anon

Gaudete - Anon (16th Century)

There is no rose - Anon (15th century)

Alleluia: now well may we mirthes make - Anon (15th century)

Nesciens mater - Jean Mouton (1459-1522)

Two Chorale preludes on Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich herr BWV 606/738 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Congregational hymn: Of the Father's Heart begotten

There is no rose - John Joubert (b.1927)

I sing of a maiden - John McCabe (b. 1939)

Jesus Christ the apple tree - Elizabeth Poston (1905-87)

In the Bleak Midwinter - Harold Darke (1888-1976)

Congregational hymn: Hark! The herald angels sing

The Lamb - John Tavener (1944-2013)

Hodie Christus natus est - J. P. Sweelinck (1562-1621)

A spotless rose - Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

A solis ortus cardine (v. 5-8) - Anon



Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival

Some of our many commissions, along with contemporary works by more established composers, as part of the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival.

He wishes for the cloths of heaven - Skempton

The lily of heaven - Owen Leech

Nunc dimittis - Finn

Ave verum - Diana Burrell

Four squared - Cage

Netherbury manuscript - Anon

Verbum bonum et suave - Brian Inglis


Palestinian Choral Festival

In our selection of Renaissance and contemporary repertoire we explore how the city of Jerusalem has been represented, lamented and extolled in music. We also sing pieces from the Arabic world learnt during our 2012 trip to Jordan.

Civitas Sancti tui - William Byrd

Lauda Jerusalem - Claudio Monteverdi

Super flumina Babylonis - Tomás Luis de Victoria

Miserere - Gregorio Allegri

Magnificat - Arvo Pärt

Long, long ago - Herbert Howells

Lammaa Badaa Yatathanna - arr. Shireen Abu-Khader

Fōg Elnā Khel - arr. Salim Bali

Puer natus in Bethlehem - Samuel Scheidt

My heart is inditing

 An exploration of two Baroque masters and near-contemporaries: Buxtehude and Purcell. Sung with period strings, the Corpus Christi Players in Walton-on-Thames in April 2013.

Membra Jesu Nostri – Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637 – 1707)

I Ad pedes

II Ad genua

III Ad manus

VII Ad faciem

Three verse anthems by Henry Purcell (1659 – 95):

O Sing unto the Lord

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem

My Heart is Inditing


A selection of British music performed in the  Aswatuna Festival in Jordan, October 2012. The final concert included Arabic music, learnt over the course of the week as well as some of the music below

 Edi Beo thu Hevene Queene - Anon

Ther is no rose of swych virtu - Anon

O clap your hands - Gibbons

Loquebantur variis linguis - Tallis

God grant with grace - Tallis

Let all mortal flesh - Bairstow

The turtle dove - Vaughan Williams

Ave Maria Coelorum - Finnissy

Factus est repente - MacMillan

A Merrie Noyse

A programmme of English music sung in Stanford-in-the-Vale, 222nd September 2012, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Joyce Gardner, and in loving memory of Ken Gardner. Ishirini were joined by the Vale Trio. Proceeds were divided between the choir and Cancer Research UK. 

Funeral Ikos – Tavener

Verbum Caro - Sheppard 

Sonata en Trio BWV 530 - J.S.Bach (Lento, Allegro)

Stanford - Three motets

O clap your hands together - Gibbons 

O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth - Byrd

Ubi Caritas - Mealor

Serenade opus 26 - Wenceslaw Matiegka   (Adagio con molto, Allegro moderato)

I love the Lord - Harvey

Bring us Good Ale – Charlton  

Totus Tuus, Poland

Concerts of English and Polish music in Rzeszów and Kraków in August 2012. Joint with Strzyszówski Chor Kameralny.


 Verbum Caro - Sheppard

O clap your hands together - Gibbons

Strzyszówski Chor Kameralny

Vox in Rama - Zieleński

Chwalitie Imia Gospodnie - Twarowski


O Lord, make thy servant Elizabth - Byrd

Ubi Caritas - Mealor

Strzyszówski Chor Kameralny

Ave Maria - Busto

Dubra - Pater noster


Modlitwa gdy dziatki spać ida - Waclaw z Szamotuł

A Hymn to the Virgin - Britten

Zdrowaś Królewno Wyborna - Koszewski

Totus Tuus - Górecki 

Ubi Caritas

 Music celebrating the ages of the two Elizabeths sung on the Diamond Jubilee weekend 2012, with music by Byrd, Mealor, and a new commission by Tim Watts. 

 Elizabeth I

O lord make thy servant Elizabeth - Byrd  

Verbum Caro - Sheppard  

In resurrectione tua - Bryd

Terra tremuit - Byrd

 Tim Watts – Though I speak (new commission)

 Elizabeth II

Ubi Caritas - Mealor   

Funeral Ikos – Tavener      

Bring us Good Ale – Charlton

Jubilate Deo

A meeting of two of the finest musicians of their day: Claudio Monteverdi, Organist of St Mark's Venice; William Byrd, Organist of the English Royal Court. Performed in Venice in October 2011.

G. Gabrieli (c.1554-­1612) – Jubilate Deo
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G. Gabrieli – Toccata del secondo tono
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W. Byrd (1539?-­1623) – Messa a cinque voci
C. Monteverdi (1567-­1643) – Madrigali Spirituali
O Jesu mea vita
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B. Marini (1594-­1663) – Sonata terza Variata
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Byrd – Messa a cinque voci
Monteverdi – Madrigali Spirituali
Stabat virgo Maria
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Byrd – Fantasia
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Byrd – Messa a cinque voci
Monteverdi – Madrigali Spirituali
O Stellae coruscantes
Byrd – Messa a cinque voci
Agnus Dei
R. Parsons (c.1535­‐1572) – Ave Maria

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