A warm welcome to you from Antiphon
Founded in 2000, Antiphon is a chamber choir based in the Northumbrian Tyne Valley with a particular interest in early sacred music.
Under the leadership of our conductor and musical director John Roper, the choir has built up a wide repertoire of English and continental works ranging from Dufay, Josquin and Palestrina to Tallis, Byrd and Tomkins.
Antiphon has sung in well over 30 Northumberland churches for patronal and other festival services and also performed concerts in English Heritage and National Trust sites. In 2017 the choir also performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Free Thinking Festival and has also been on tour in Italy, France and Belgium, as well various parts of the UK .
Antiphon has been delighted to collaborate with other professional groups to produce works for the local community, involving local composers, musicians and singers.These include The Cantata of the Creatures (based on St Francis’ great hymn) and Northumbrian Fragments, a song-cycle of music celebrating Northumbria’s saints, performed in Hexham Abbey in 2011. This was revised and performed on Holy Island in 2013 as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels celebrations.
Antiphon is also available to sing for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.Please see our 'Weddings' page for more details.
We are a sociable bunch of around 28 members and we are always pleased to audition good singers who share our love of early music and can sight sing well and hold a part. We practise on a Tuesday night in St John Lee church, which is about 1 mile outside Hexham. Please contact us through our email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Full details of each choir performance to be published nearer the time.
Saturday 2nd February at 7pm
A Candlemas Liturgy
St Cuthbert’s Church, Bellingham.
Seasonal music plus liturgical music written by Conductor John Roper
Saturday, 6th April at 7.45pm
"Treading the Upward Path"
A devotional concert travelling from
Palm Sunday to the Ascension based on
T.L. de Victoria's "Missa pro Defunctis"
and other works.
St Mary's Roman Catholic Church,Hexham
May 25th to June 1st
Antiphon West Country Tour
Sunday May 26th – Evensong in Frome Church
Monday May 27th – Evensong in Wells Cathedral
Friday May 31st – Marian Eucharist Salisbury Cathedral
Thursday May 30th
T.L. de Victoria's
"Missa pro Defunctis"
and other works.
St Benedict’s Church, Glastonbury
Saturday, 23rd November at 7.30pm
Highlights of Rachmaninoff Vespers
plus other settings of the Vespers Psalms
Sunday 22nd December at 6.30pm
Festival of Lessons and Carols
St John Lee Church
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