St. Mary’s Church, Platt

Sprig of Thyme

Conductor Robin Walker

We are delighted to welcome you to our programme of American and English folk songs with music by Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Copland and Frahm.

Let us take you to a world of ballads and love songs where you will walk country lanes and sail the seven seas; you will find many wonders and curiosities – from American bandicoots to ghostly lovers – and hear the calls of the Ohio river boatmen and listen to the philosophies of the Miller of Dee.

In the 150th anniversary year of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth we will sing Five English Folk Songs, together with John Rutter’s Sprig of Thyme; together these represent a lovely collection of songs, some you will recognise, others will be less well-known.

Aaron Copland’s sound world is unmistakable in his settings of old American songs, whether he is reworking a minstrel song that recalls America’s majestic rivers or updating a lively farmyard nonsense song.

We are particularly excited to present the world premiere of Late-Night Lyrics by Frederick Frahm including a setting of the poem by Emily Dickinson, ‘I felt a Funeral, in my Brain’. Late-Night Lyrics is a set of three sophisticated and subtle songs on three very different themes.

At times infectious, energetic tunes, at others wistful storytelling, these songs are wide ranging and bring a host of characters (and animals!) to life. Folk songs tell us many things about beauty and loss, nature and the rhythms of life; this is a perfect selection for a summer’s evening to celebrate the many stories they tell.


Tickets are £15 (U18 £7.50). They are available from Sevenoaks Bookshop, members of the choir, on the door or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Frederick Frahm

We are delighted to be collaborating again with Frederick Frahm. To find out more about him you will find his official website here: https://frederickfrahm.com/

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Saturday 26th November – Advent Programme

Venue tbc

Saturday 28th January 2023

Joint concert with Ipswich Choral Society at Ely Cathedral

Tchaikovsky Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

And Saturday 4th February 2023

Cantate will sing the Tchaikovsky in Sevenoaks area – venue tbc.