Welcome to Antiphon's Home Page
Antiphon was formed in 2000 by Judy Lloyd, ex-Taverner Choir and Tallis Scholars, and is a small a cappella chamber choir with a particular interest in early sacred music.
One of the choir’s main aims is to sing sacred music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods in the context of the church services for which it was written. As a result, the choir has had the opportunity to sing in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful medieval churches, including Brinkburn Priory and Hexham Abbey.
Another aspect of the choir’s work is to bring church music to those churches in Northumberland that cannot provide choral music themselves. This has taken the choir to many of Northumberland’s most rural churches to lead special Evensongs and Eucharistic services, including Bellingham, Thorneyburn, Corbridge, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Bamburgh, and many more.
Concerts have also been arranged on a formal and informal basis in a variety of venues other than church buildings, allowing the group to widen its repertoire to include more modern sacred and secular music, including many folk-song arrangements and madrigals. A guide to our repertoire can be seen in the 'Archive Events' link.
The choir has also collaborated with other professional early music groups, including early music specialist duo Alva, and Novelle/Ancienne, the latter in a performance of Dido and Aeneas in 2015. Over the years, Antiphon has also made singing holidays abroad, including to Assisi and Perugia (2006), Burgundy (2008) and most recently Bruges and Brussels (2011). The choir has also produced works for the local community, involving local composers, musicians and singers. These include The Cantata of the Creatures (based on St Francis’ great hymn) in the churches of Bywell (2005), and Northumbrian Fragments, a song-cycle of music celebrating Northumbria’s saints, performed in Hexham Abbey in 2011, and revised and performed on Holy Island in 2013 as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels celebrations.
Antiphon is also available to sing for weddings - please see our 'Weddings' page for more details.
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.
A Musical Feast on
St George's Day
Saturday 23 April, 7.30pm