Welcome to Antiphon's Home Page
Antiphon, which is based in and around Hexham and the Tyne Valley, grew out of a few singers meeting to sing early church music.
One of the main aims of the choir is to sing sacred music of the Renaissance in the context of the church services for which it was originally written. This has given the choir the opportunity to sing in a number of beautiful Northumbrian churches from Bellingham and Thorneyburn to Corbridge, Warden and Brinkburn Priory. There have also been invitations to sing in churches in Gateshead and Newcastle. In 2006 we sang the Byrd 4 part Mass in the Basilica of St Francesco in Assisi and in October 2008 Antiphon toured some of the 12th century Romanesque cathedrals of Burgundy, singing Mass settings by Josquin, Dufay and Victoria. And in 2011 we went on a tour of Bruges.
Repertoire has included the Tallis and White Lamentations, masses by Josquin, Dufay and Palestrina and Victoria's Requiem as well as a wealth of motets and anthems by composers of the English and continental Renaissance.
Concerts have also been organised on both a formal and informal basis in a variety of venues ranging from Hexham Abbey to private country houses and church halls allowing the choir to extend its repertoire to folk songs, madrigals and modern secular works to collaborate with instrumentalists and to reach audiences all over the county.
We are also available to sing at weddings in the area and special events. Do ring to enquire.
We are a sociable bunch of around 20 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 hall which is about 1 mile outside Hexham and our conductor is John Roper.
If Music be the Food of Love