Kirbye Voices: Midsummer Concert – 4th July @ 7:30pm


Kirbye Voices, an established choir of around 30 experienced voices, specialises in unaccompanied choral music of all periods, both sacred and secular.  It is proud to be named after the madrigal composer George Kirbye, who lived and worked in Bury. and who most notably contributed to Morley’s Triumphs of Oriana in 1601. Kirbye is buried in St Mary’s Church, Bury where he was Churchwarden.

Kirbye’s repertoire is wide and varied, equally at home singing Byrd, Handel & Howells as Elgar, Sullivan & close harmonies in King’s Singers arrangements!  The programme will include music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar and Gershwin and there will also be instrumental solos on the ‘Cello, Oboe and Flute.

Ticket Price £10.00 – Bar available afterwards

“Kirbye Voices, the Bury-based chamber choir directed by Penny Hill, are looking forward to presenting a summer concert at Bury’s beautifully restored Guildhall.  This lovely medieval building is ideally suited to intimate concerts, and it will be the first time the choir has sung there.  The concert is at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4th July, and entry is by £10 ticket only, obtainable on-line via Eventbrite or from the reception desk at the Guildhall.

A wide variety of short pieces will be sung, including Vaughan Williams’ lovely settings of three Shakespeare songs, items by Cole Porter and George Gershwin, and “Sleep now my muse” by George Kirbye, the Rushbrooke composer after whom the choir is named, and who is buried in St Mary’s church.  There will also be Five Miniatures for flute, oboe and piano by William Grant Still, and cello solos.  Refreshments will be available before the concert and in the interval.”>