The Lea Singers have developed a varied repertoire, and aim to promote a large scale orchestral concert every other year. Large scale works have included Bach?s St Matthew Passion (semi-staged in St Albans Abbey, with professional soloists and period instrumentalists), St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah,the Monteverdi Vespers and Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata with the St Nicholas boys’ choir.

Thanks to assiduous archiving by former choir member Phil Bevan, we have a complete list of all the works we have performed, which you can read here.

Here are the Top 5 works performed most often by the Lea Singers in our first 50 years.

No. Composition Composer Times sung
1 Ave Verum Corpus William Byrd 37
2 Adam lay ybounden Boris Ord 28
3 All creatures now are merry minded John Bennet 27
4 The silver swan Orlando Gibbons 26
5= Beati quorum via Charles Villiers Stanford 24
5= My spirit sang all day Gerald Finzi 24
5= Now is the month of Maying Thomas Morley 24
5= The blue bird Charles Villiers Stanford 24

Notre-Dame: Rising in Song

Saturday 16 November

Masses by Vierne and Castagnet, motets by Duruflé and Bruckner

St. John’s Church, Harpenden

Concert details

“I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning a lot of music, fast, singing with talented amateur musicians.”

Miriam McKay (Alto)