Details of our 50th Anniversary Concert in Kendal Parish Church on June 15th 2019
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pro Nobis Singers.

The choir was founded by its conductor, Clive Walkley, when he first moved to Cumbria in 1968 to take up a post as Lecturer in Music at the then Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside. From a small beginning, when a group of friends met together informally in one another’s homes to sing madrigals, the choir now gives regular public concerts and numbers approximately thirty singers; although Kendal-based, it draws its membership from a wide area.

Known particularly for their performances of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the singers have a strong commitment to contemporary music. They have commissioned new works and frequently include works by local composers in their programmes. For this anniversary year, Cumbrian composer Adrian Self has kindly written four short pieces to be performed later in the year and the young composer Toby Young has written a new work to be premiered at the choir’s 7th April afternoon concert in Holy Trinity & St George Catholic Church, Kendal.

Over a fifty year period, the choir has worked with some distinguished professional musicians and is fortunate to have the renowned early music soloist and consort singer, Evelyn Tubb, as its President. Evelyn will be making a return visit to Kendal to sing with the choir in Kendal Parish Church on 15th June. The choir has also enjoyed a close relationship with Lake District Summer Music, having given many recitals during the annual August LDSM festival.

In addition to the performance of Toby Young’s new work on 7th April, the singers will be performing Scarlatti’s wonderful ten-part Stabat Mater and music for Passiontide. The programme for 15th June opens with Alessandro Striggio’s 40-part motet Ecce beatam lucem when the choir will be joined by additional voices. Following this comes Purcell’s ‘Come ye Son’s of Art’ and finally Francisco Valls Missa Scala Aretina for four choirs of voices and instruments. This is a beautiful, little-known but quite monumental work which the choir last performed ten years ago. Tickets for both these concert will be on sale from Northern Lights Stained Glass, Blackhall Yard, Kendal; further details are available on the choir’s website