Mercia Chorale

  Previous EVents

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Goldsmith

2nd - 5th August 2018

The choir thoroughly enjoyed their long weekend to beautiful St. David's to

sing in the cathedral there. Walking, wine and wailing were mixed in equal

​measure in and around Great Britain's most westerly mainland cathedral.

Thursday Evensong

Responses: Leighton

Canticles: Brewer in D 

Sheppard Libera nos

Saturday Evensong

Responses: Leighton

Canticles: Second Service - Leighton

Skempton Rise up, my love

Sunday Mattins

Responses: Leighton

Canticles: Ireland in F

Mathias The Doctrine of Wisdom

Sunday Evensong

Responses: Leighton

Canticles: Collegium Regale - Howells

Vaughan Williams Antiphon

14th April 2018

Concert: The Empty Tomb, St Mary's R.C. church, Bridge Gate, Derby

A concert raising money for Derby Refugee Forum, featuring music

for the season of Eastertide, including 10-part motets by Lassus and

Hieronymus Praetorius, Macmillan's Christus Vincit, and Thomas

Crequillon's masterpiece Congratulamini mihi, alongside favourites

by Byrd, Palestrina, Gibbons and Wood.

"I wanted to pass on our Thanks from  Derby Refugee Forum for the

wonderful concert you did in aid of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
The singing was absolutely beautiful and I know the people who attended

on behalf of the Forum all really enjoyed it."

4th November 2017

Concert: Toward the Western Light, St Thomas the Apostle, Wigston, Leicester

A concert raising money for Leicestershire charity Coping with Cancer,

featuring Manuel Cardoso's Missa Pro Defunctis and other appropriate

motets for All Saints and Souls.

​"...a fabulous concert... the sound, tone and blend was amazing...

I hope that the choir would like to come and enjoy the acoustics

of St Thomas' on another occasion!"

19th/20th August 2017

Residency: Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, Manchester

A group of 20 Mercians gathered together in Manchester to provide music for the Cathedral's services over the weekend, accompanied once again by Ben Giddens on the brand new Stoller Organ, built by Tickell & co.

Saturday Evensong:

Responses: Tomkins

Canticles: Second Service - Gibbons

Palestrina Jubilate Deo

Sunday Eucharist:

Berkeley Missa Brevis

Berkeley The Lord is my Shepherd

Sunday Evensong:

Responses: Shephard

Canticles: Murrill in E

Bairstow Lord, thou hast been our refuge

Carolling on a Tram

6 intrepid Mercians embarked on an epic journey of tramming courtesy of NET to raise money for Framework.  A little bit of heckling and lots of generosity later, we raised £134.59, and enjoyed a well-deserved pint afterwards!

Weekend 20th/21st August 2016

A scratch Mercia group arrived at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk to sing the weekend's services, accompanied by Ben Giddens on the magnificent Harrison and Harrison organ:

Saturday Evensong:

Responses: Sanders

Canticles: Wood in Eb no. 2

Brahms Geistliches Lied

Sunday Eucharist:

Vierne Messe Solennelle

Bairstow Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Sunday Mattins:

Responses: Sanders

Canticles (Te deum and Jubilate): Stanford in A

Bainton And I saw a new heaven

Sunday Evensong:


Canticles: Darke in F

Stanford When Mary thro' the garden went

19th December 2015

A day of fun carolling on Nottingham NET tram network, flashmobbing unsuspecting passengers into donating £185 for mental health charity MIND

6th June 2015

Members of Mercia Chorale sang with a Nottingham-based Viol consort as part of an early music concert fundraising for Nepal at Christ Church, Chilwell.

Orlando Gibbons Behold, thou hast made my days
G. D. Rognoni Taeggio Cantate Domino (with massed recorders, organ, harpsichord as well as viols)

26th February 2015

Full concert in the Chapel of Trent College, Long Eaton, raising money for the College's Kenyan Schools Partnership and the Jessica Hope Foundation

Heinrich Schütz Deutsches Magnificat SWV 494
Johann Sebastian Bach Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger Cantus Missae (Mass in Eb) op. 109