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1:00 AM 2nd April 2024

Sun, Moon And Sky: Langcliffe Singers On A Celestial Musical Journey In Skipton

Langcliffe Singers, photo credit Mary Woolf
Langcliffe Singers, photo credit Mary Woolf
After a hugely successful performance of Brahms’ Requiem in November, Langcliffe Singers are returning to Christ Church, Skipton on Saturday 13th April to perform a more reflective programme of settings of beautiful poems. Under the baton of the talented musical director Darren Everhart, and experienced accompanist Brian Heaton, the concert will take the audience through the course of a day, from dawn to night, and will feature composers from a number of different eras, from Monteverdi to Eric Whitacre via Schubert and the Beatles. Some of the pieces are quiet and reflective while others are more upbeat. ‘Sun, Moon and Sky’ will offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Amongst other pieces the choir will be singing a cheerful madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi (Ecco mormorarl’onde), tributes to the Sun from Schubert (An die Sonne) and Charles Wood (Hail Gladdening Light), a Scottish folk song (Follow the Heron) plus two songs by the Beatles, one sung by the ladies (Here Comes the Sun) and the other (Here Comes the Moon) by the gentlemen. The performance will end with two beautiful modern pieces, Sure on this Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen and Underneath the Stars by Kate Rusby.

The choir is especially excited to welcome Paul Whittaker OBE who will be signing the performance. For 30 years, Paul has been entertaining and educating people about music and deafness across the UK and beyond, at schools and colleges, conferences and theatres, courses and training events. He is often to be found at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. It is a real privilege to welcome him to the Yorkshire Dales, and a fantastic opportunity to experience this inspirational musician, motivational speaker and signer in action. Paul will also be teaching the audience (and the choir!) the BSL signs for the lyrics to Moon River, which promises to be a joy.

This concert will mark the choir’s first attempt at reaching out to the deaf community, and they are very keen to welcome as many local members as possible. If you are part of an organisation that would like to bring some members along, please do get in touch with the choir to discuss group rates at:

Tickets are £12 for adults, with free entry for accompanying carers and accompanied children under 16. Tickets are available from the choir website at and from Car & Kitchen and Forage and Feast, both in Settle. Tickets will also be available on the door. Payment will be accepted by cash or card.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and refreshments will be available in the interval.