Bach features on alternate years in the Yorke Trust’s Easter calendar, providing plenty of opportunities for young voices to gain exposure in arias and recitative, with choruses that give us the chance to experience quality ensemble singing at the highest possible level.


Instrumentally, the accent is on authenticity and period instruments. Performances in the Stone Hall at Houghton are always very special occasions, the atmosphere created by playing music contemporary with the surroundings adding a dimension that is impossible to put into words.


The Creakes Student Chorus and Sinfonia comprises some of the most promising young musicians in Europe, and is drawn mainly from the major music conservatoires and universities. The South Creake concerts and operas provide a focus for short courses of intensive training, designed to enable everyone to explore new ground.


James Halliday makes his first appearance with The Yorke Trust. After graduating in music from Cambridge in 2006 where he studied singing, composition and conducting (directing a staged production of Rameau’s Les Incas du Pérou) he worked for a while as assistant librarian at Glyndebourne. He has benefi ted from the encouragement of William Christie, Laurence Cummings, Ivor Bolton and most recently Emmanuelle Haim in France.


Alexander Crowe was Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1970. After working in Helsinki and Hanover, where he became Head of Music Staff at the Lower Saxony State Opera, he joined the staff of the Royal Northern College of Music and is now Head of Vocal & Opera Studies. He is a regular visitor to South Creake courses


Buffet Supper at The Old Chapel after the Creake performance and interval canapés Robert McNaughtan the Trust’s resident chef, serves a Bachian Buffet comprising Bavarian Mushroom Soup; Westphalian-style sausage with sauerkraut, potato and cucumber salad; Apple Strudel; Teas and coffee.


A fully licensed bar is available with specially selected wines and beers.