Coventry sits in the heart of England and is perhaps best known for its Coventry Carol and Lady Godiva. Today it is a bustling city with a lively creative populace and a famous mix of old and new architecture. Indeed, it is going to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Last Judgement, c. 1435
Last Judgement, c. 1435 – Holy Trinity, Coventry [photo DH 2019]

We’ll be singing in one of Coventry’s oldest churches and its impressive cathedral. Holy Trinity Church, which dates from the 12th century, was destroyed by fire in 1257 but, amazingly, survived the Blitz in 1940. The must see is the painting of the Last Judgement dating from the 1430’s. The ‘must hear’ is The Singers concert here at 4 pm on Saturday 19 October. 

West Window
West Window, Holy Trinity, Coventry [photo DH 2019]

The concert will include a performance of Edmund Hunt’s amazing Vita Hominum which we premiered in Newcastle in December 2018. The premiere was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 last January and we have since performed it in Durham Cathedral and St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. We will also be creating a special performance of this piece in the nave of Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 20 October at 2.30 pm.

Coventry Cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. The previous cathedral was destroyed during the Blitz along with much of Coventry. It was rededicated in 1962 when Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem was memorably premiered and broadcast live. We’ll be singing here on Sunday 20 October for the 10.30 Sung Eucharist and the 16:00 Choral Evensong.

If you are around that weekend come along and say hello, and listen to us sing beautiful music in these two beautiful churches.

Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral [photo DH 2019]

Coventry Programmes


Saturday 19 October 2019, 4 pm
PROGRAMME (download the programme from here)

O sing joyfully – Adrian Batten (1591 – 1637)
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
Two Introits on Icelandic Texts – Lisa McMaster
Ascendens Christus in altum – Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611)
Ave verum Corpus – Peter Philips (c.1560 – 1628)
God so loved the world – John Stainer (1840 – 1901)
Locus iste – Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)
Vita Hominum – Edmund Hunt
Schweigend sinkt die Nacht – Fanny Hensel (1805 – 1847)

Sunday 20 October
Eucharist 10.30
Communion Service in E – Harold Darke
Motet: Ave verum Corpus – Peter Philips

Special performance 14.30 – 14.46
Vita Hominum – Edmund Hunt
Coventry Cathedral Nave – free, informal, exciting and immersive!

Choral Evensong 16.00
Introit: Open Thy Gates – Julius Harrison
Preces and Responses – William Smith
Psalm 4 – Chant by Wesley
Magnificat: Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn – Heinrich von Herzogenberg
Nunc Dimittis: Gustav Holst
Anthem: Locus iste – Anton Bruckner

Coventry Cathedral, old
Remains of old Coventry Cathedral [photo DH 2019]


Welcome to the web site of The Singers, a chamber choir based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We hope you enjoy your visit here and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our concerts – or even as a Singer – in the near future.

We have a new photograph.

Here we are in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh after singing for the services and giving a St Giles @ Six concert on Sunday 14 July 2019.

The Singers in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, 2019
The Singers, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, 2019 [photo DH]