The Larks Ascending

The Larks Ascending are a brilliant addition to your concert or festival season, with their fresh approach to the music and their engagement with your audience. We guarantee to perform at least one piece by a composer you’ve never heard of (but we know you will like), and there will be things you will recognize too. In the same way as Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries enjoyed collecting traditional British music, we always enjoy discovering new music. If you have any talented composers in your midst we’d be delighted to sing some of their work for a local touch.

We are also able to work with your local school or vocal group in informative and fun workshops and masterclasses. For more information please contact us.

The Larks Ascending can also bring a special and individual touch to your private reception or business event and can perform programmes specially tailored to your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Forthcoming Performances

Evensongs at All Saints Church, Putney Common
The Larks Ascending provide music for evensong at All Saints, Putney Common at 6pm on the first Sunday of each month.

Past Performances

2009

1 December: Christmas Concert, Brixton
We started off the 2009 Christmas season in style with an intimate concert in Brixton. Mulled wine and canapés were served alongside seasonal music.

28 August: Music of the Spheres, Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Stephendale Road, Fulham
We always enjoy a warm welcome on our visits to Fulham and this concert was no exception. The group performed some old favourites alongside Jonathan Rathbone’s Zodiac Signs.

21 June: Midsummer Concert, Spitalfields Studio Workshop Theatre
The group provided music for this concert to celebrate the birthday of artist Polly Hope, including giving the première performance of Jonathan Rathbone’s Zodiac Signs. Visit Polly’s website to hear a recording of the concert.

20 June: My Spirit Sang All Day, Brightlingsea United Church, Essex
We enjoyed our return to Brightlingsea for this concert of English folksongs and partsongs.

18 June: Workshop at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham
Following 2008’s successful workshop at Bishop Thomas Grant, the group returned for a second workshop with pupils from the school and local primary schools.

2008

13 December: Sing Lullaby, Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road, Cambridge
2008’s Christmas concert featured works by Sheppard, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Gabriel Jackson.

9 November: Evensong at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge
We enjoyed taking part in this evensong in honour of the 70th birthday of Selwyn Image CBE, the founder of Emmaus UK, which featured works by Selwyn himself.

18 September: Echo Down the Years, St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow
The group joined The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, The Parish of Walthamstow Choir and Walthamstow School for Girls Choir conducted by Jonathan Rathbone for this concert celebrating 900 years of worship at St Mary’s church.

29 August: Concert, Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Stephendale Road, Fulham
Featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Parry, Jonathan Rathbone and Gabriel Jackson.

17 August: Mass, Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Stephendale Road, Fulham

18 July: Private Wedding, Chapel of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

26 June: Workshop with ‘Ex silentio’, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds
Members of the group provided a workshop in choral singing for members of the school’s top Chamber Choir.

22 June: Lennox Berkeley and Friends Chamber Concert, Michaelhouse, Trinity Street, Cambridge
The group performed choral works by Berkeley, Britten and Poulenc as part of the weekend’s music festival, staged at Great St Mary’s Church and Michaelhouse, Cambridge, organised in conjunction with the Lennox Berkeley Society.

18 June: Workshop at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham
Members of the group worked with children from local primary schools in addition to pupils at Bishop Thomas Grant.

31 May: Services at St James the Great, Haydock
The group provided music for services for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We were delighted to be so warmly welcomed by the congregation and clergy at St James’s.

30 May: Songs of Farewell—lunchtime concert at Blackburn Cathedral
A programme based around Parry’s “Songs of Farewell”, which also included works by Vaughan Williams and Jonathan Rathbone.

2007

Christmas: Cambridge University Press Christmas Card
Members of the group again recorded a new arrangement of a Christmas carol for this year’s online greetings card.

21 December: There is no rose—a programme of music for Christmas, Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge

19–21 October: My Life’s Delight—Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Fulham, St Peter’s Church, Ash, Surrey and Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Godalming

18 August: Music for a Summer Evening, Brightlingsea United Church, Essex
We were delighted to be invited back to Brightlingsea in 2007, this time for an exciting programme of music for a warm evening in August.

2 June: Music for a Summer Evening, All Saints Church, Barrington, Cambridgeshire

19 May: Private Wedding, Great St Mary’s Church

11 March: Music and Poems for Lent, Michaelhouse, Trinity Street, Cambridge

2006

Christmas: Cambridge University Press Christmas Card
Members of the group arranged and recorded a short Christmas greeting for an online Christmas card. We couldn’t resist including a few musical jokes along the way...

23 December: Brightlingsea United Church, Essex
‘Sweet was the song’ is the title of our Christmas programme this year. It features both traditional and less-well-known Christmas pieces. This concert will also include the UK première performance of two beautiful lullabies written by composer Graham Lack.

16 December: Private Wedding, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
It is always a privilege to be part of a special occasion, and it was our pleasure to provide some seasonal music at a winter wedding in one of Cambridge’s most beautiful chapels. If you would like us to sing at your wedding, get in touch.

15 December: Private Function, Ely Cathedral
The group’s official debut performance, it seems appropriate that it should be at ‘Beginnings’, the Carol Service for the Cambridge Community Foundation, which each year gives gifts to support grass-roots charities and worthy causes in the Cambridge Area. The Choir gave the world première performance of ‘Sweet was the song’, a beautiful setting of a 15th-century English Lute-book text, by composer Jonathan Rathbone. We’re thrilled that Jonathan has written this beautiful piece both specifically for this service and for the choir.

13 December: Private Function, Cambridge University Press
What could be more English than James Bond? We jumped at the chance to arrange some of our favourite Bond themes to perform at this glittering evening of decadence for a sales conference at the University Press, Cambridge.