St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

22 Jun

Summer Concert for St Nicks

Sat 22 Jun 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ

Stonegate Singers choir, by Lewis Outing
Stonegate Singers choir at the Unitarian Chapel, by Lewis Outing

Enjoy an eclectic mix of music and poetry while helping to raise funds for St Nicks at the beautiful Unitarian Chapel with great accoustics:

  • The Stonegate Singers community choir – songs from around the world
  • Pieces for cello and piano:
    • Robert Schumann – Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, No. 1-3; performed by cellist Sarah Sigsworth and pianist Matthew Palmer
    • Requiem for three cellos and piano by Popper – performed by cellists Sarah Sigsworth, Frances Jones and Catherine Strachan, and pianist Matthew Palmer
  • Solo piano, Matthew Palmer:
    • Chopin – Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat minor
    • Rachmaninov – Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4
    • Schumann – Traumerei
  • Local poet Brinley Price will read his nature inspired poems written for and about St Nicks.

All proceeds go to St Nicks charity; light refreshments will be available.

Entry: by donation (we suggest £8/5 conc.)

About the performers:

The Stonegate Singers is a community choir directed and founded by local composer and researcher Jon Hughes. They’ll be singing a diverse selection of a cappella vocal harmony drawn from traditions around the world. The choir is open for anyone to join, and the music is taught by ear, one part at a time. That way, both people new to singing and people with more experience can work together. For thousands of years, all over the world, and in many different cultural contexts, people have sung to express joy and grief, to aid healing, to accompany work, devotion, and the rituals of life: singing has been a part of life, a way of binding people together and creating communities. The Stonegate Singers hope to bring some of this community feel to the Unitarian Chapel!

Sarah Sigsworth (cello): Sarah learns with Sue Lowe and enjoys playing with local orchestras such as York Guildhall Orchestra.

Catherine Strachan (cello): studied modern and baroque cello at the RSAMD in Glasgow, followed by an MA in baroque performance practice at the University of York. Catherine has performed with various period-instrument ensembles around the UK, including La Serenissima, Ludus Baroque, Musica Donum Dei and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. She also teaches cello and double bass, and offers lessons in York for all ages – email

Frances Jones (cello): Frances has been playing the cello since she was small. She has loved playing in many school and university orchestras and cello groups. She now seeks all opportunities to play in ensembles and with friends when not working as a forensic psychologist.

Matthew Palmer (piano): Matthew is a pianist and teacher who lives in York. Matthew enjoys performing on the piano and has done so in many different places, including his hometown Doncaster, as well as other places such as Bolton, York, and London. Matthew’s main passion is classical music from the Romantic, some pieces of which he will be performing in our Summer Concert for St Nicks. Matthew looks forward to the experience of playing in such a beautiful Chapel.

A beautiful poem written by a member of our creative writing ecotherapy group on how nature improves wellbeing.

A beautiful poem written by a member of our creative writing ecotherapy group on how nature improves wellbeing.

Brinley Price (poet): Brinley is a retired creative writing teacher who taught other mental health service users. Now he takes part in several of our Ecotherapy groups, and has written a number of poems inspired by activities at St Nicks and the nature reserve, including this one.

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