Next event:

Saturday, 24 June 2017 at 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye


We are delighted to welcome this
internationally renowned choir
back to Hay for a programme of


A Selection of well-known and rare Choral Gems
Graham Ross, director
Nicholas Morris and Eleanor Carter, organ

artist pic


Tickets: £12.00     Now booking

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay on Wye or (afternoons) from the Bookshop Cinema - entrance in Brook Street

or by telephone: 01497 -822 010 / -820 322

or online through Booth's Bookshop



CHARLES WOOD (1866-1926) Hail, gladdening light

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA (1548-1611) Benedicta sit Sancta creatrix

HANS LEO HASSLER (1564-1612) Tibi laus

WILLIAM BYRD (1543-1623) O lux beata Trinitas


JOHN STAINER (1840-1901) I saw the Lord

ALEXANDER TIKHONOVICH GRETCHANINOV (1864-1956) Heruvimskaya pesñ (Cherubic Hymn) Op. 29

PAVEL CHESNAKOV (1877-1944) Heruvimskaya pesñ (Cherubic Hymn) Op. 27, No. 5

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-93) Heruvimskaya pesñ (Cherubic Hymn)




JOSHUA PACEY (b. 1995) Tres sunt

GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1985) Duo Seraphim

MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804-57) Heruvimskaia pesn (Cherubic Hymn)

SERGEI RACHMANANINOV (1873-1943) Izhe Heruvimi (Cherubic Hymn) Op. 31 No. 8

KENNETH LEIGHTON (1929-88) A Hymn to the Trinity

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-76) Festival Te Deum

GABRIEL JACKSON (b. 1962) Hymn to the Trinity

JAMES MACMILLAN (b. 1959) Sanctus and Benedictus from the Mass

JOHN SHEPPARD (c. 1515-58) Libera nos


Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world's leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the Choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Under the direction of Graham Ross since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently 'thrilling' and 'outstanding' performances worldwide. Recent engagements include Fauré's Requiem with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the world première of Alexander Raskatov's Green Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), and concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Choir's 2017 schedule includes concerts across the UK, a performance of Mahler's Symphony No.8 with the LPO, and tours of Switzerland and the USA. In 2017 the Choir also embarks on a Bach cantata recording and performance project to commemorate 500 years since the Reformation.

In addition to live performances, the Choir has produced an impressive discography of more than forty recordings. Their recordings under Graham Ross on the Harmonia Mundi label have been released to great critical acclaim, earning praise for 'impeccable ensemble' and 'immaculate performances', a Le Choix de France Musique and a Diapason d'Or award, and garnering a Gramophone Award nomination. The Choir's ongoing series of Music for the Church Year has received numerous 5 star reviews in the national and international press, including recordings for Advent (2013), Passiontide (2014), Christmas (2014), Ascensiontide and Pentecost (2015), All Saints and All Souls (2015), Easter (2016), and Remembrance (2016). The choir's latest release is Mater Ora Filium: Music for Epiphany.

The Choir has toured widely, including in the United States of America, Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, the Middle East and mainland Europe. It has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in performances of Handel's Jephtha, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall conducted by Sir Mark Elder and Vladimir Jurowski, and with many other ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, Israel Camerata, Aurora Orchestra, the Schubert Ensemble and the Dmitri Ensemble.

The Choir performs a wide range of repertoire throughout the year, and has commissioned and premièred works by many composers, including Herbert Howells, John Tavener and John Rutter.




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