Past events

 

The Yorke Trust has run and summer opera courses since 1994 and many of the conductors have had their first choral courses opportunity to train combined orchestral and choral forces in Norfolk. The list grows every year and some of those who worked as senior students have since made their way onto the international concert platform or are enjoying careers in opera houses throughout the world.

 

Handel features regularly in the repertoire, as does the great choral music of Bach, both composers offering opportunities for young solo voices to gain experience without fear of damaging the voice.

 

Without the generous help of Jennifer Hamilton who has directed all the Trust’s operas without a fee, and also without the advice and assistance of Alexander Crowe who has directed the Easter choral courses on a regular basis since 1998, the standards achieved over the years would not have reached the levels for which they are now universally respected.

 

 

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April 2015

EASTER CHORAL COURSE CONCERTS

James Murray conducts
Handel  L’allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato
Friday at Binham Priory, Saturday at St Mary’s South Creake



 

Summer Opera 2014

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck  Armide

 

Conductor:  Darren Hargan
Director:  Jennifer Hamilton
Lighting & Design Concept:  Ian Sommerville
Costumes:  Gidon Saks

 

A new production in celebration of Gluck's tercentenary.

 

THE YORKE TRUST 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS – 25TH JULY

 

A Stately Summer Picnic Party and Surprise Celebrity Recital at Houghton Hall by kind permission of The Marquess (Patron of the Yorke Trust) and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, marked the 30th Anniversary of The Yorke Trust and the 70th Birthday of Rodney Slatford, OBE, the Trust's founder.  A gala performance of the opera was given at St Mary's Church, South Creake in the evening.

 


 

Houghton by Candlelight

Sunday 28 September 2014

 

Dario Van Gammeren (Classical Guitar), Dan Watts (Flute),
Annie Parker (Flute & Saxophone) and David Watkins (Harp)

 


 

Sacred Easter Choral Concert 2014

 

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Henry Purcell: The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation
Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin
J. S. Bach: Motet-Jesu, meine Freude S.227
Heinrich Schütz: Musikalishe Exequien
Heinrich Schütz: German Magnificat
Johannes Brahms: Maria-Lieder, Opus 22

Conductor: Oliver-John Ruthven
Course Director : Alexander Crowe


 

Summer Opera 2013

 

Conductor:  Darren Hargan
Director:  Jennifer Hamilton
Lighting & Design Concept:  Ian Sommerville
Costumes:  Gidon Saks

 

A new production to honour the Britten centenary with a series of talks, concerts and film as part of Familiar Fields, the East Anglian celebrations of Britten 100.  Other artists involved included John Copley & Nona Liddell, Dario van Gammeren, Adam Johnson, David Nice, Miguel Mera, Rodney Slatford, Jamie Walton.


 

Royal Choral Masterpieces

 

Carissimi - Jephte (1648)
Purcell - Laudamus Caeciliam (1683)
Purcell - Welcome to All the Pleasures (1683)
Britten - Hymn to St. Cecilia Op.27 (1942)
Handel - Four Coronation Anthems (1727)
The Yorke Trust Chorus
and Baroque Ensemble


Guest Conductor
Roger Hamilton


Course Director
Alexander Crowe


 

Norfolk Coastal Opera July 2012

 

Scenes of Enchantment, Comedy and Romance

Director: Jennifer Hamilton


 

Easter 2012

Bach - St John Passion


 

July 2011

Monteverdi L'Orfeo

Conductor: James Halliday
Director: Jennifer Hamilton

 

Pied Piper! Series 7 2011 - The Power Struggle



April 2011

An Easter Choral Feast

A programme of sacred Renaissance
masterpieces Old and New
Adrian Batten c.1591-1637, William Byrd 1540-1623
Edward Elgar 1857-1934, Hubert Parry 1848-1918
Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924
Tomás Luis de Victoria c.1548-1611
The Creakes Student Chorus
Course Director & Guest Conductor
Alexander Crowe

 


 

July/August 2010


NORFOLK COASTAL OPERA


An operatic outreach project with fifteen performances of scenes, arias and English song in Norwich, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wiveton, Walsingham,Burnham Overy Staithe, Bagthorpe and South Creake, culminating in gala performances of two programmes of Operatic Grand Tours devised and introduced by Jennifer Hamilton, La vie Parisienne and Cities of Dreams.


 

April 2010

Bach
Cantatas No.6 and No.104
Motet Komm, Jesu, Komm BWV 229
Orchestral Suite No.1 BWV 1066
Conductor: James Halliday
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2009
Rameau Castor et Pollux
Conductor: Robert Houssart
Director: Jennifer Hamilton


April 2009
Handel Israel in Egypt
Handel Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No.2 in F
Conductor: Robert Houssart
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2008
Handel Theodora
Conductor: Robert Houssart
Director: Jennifer Hamilton


 

April 2008
Bach Magnificat
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Bach Cantata 67 Halt im Gedächtnis Jesus Christ
Conductor: Robert Houssart
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2007
Purcell Dido & Aeneas
John Frederick Lampe Pyramus & Thisbe
Conductor: Nicholas Achten
Director: Jennifer Hamilton


 

April 2007
Thomas Tomkins What David Heard
John Adams Shaker Loops
Handel Dixit Dominus
Conductor: Robert Houssart
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

April 2006
Bach Cantatas
No.9 Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
No.23 Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn
No.93 Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten
Bach Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor BWV1060a
Soloists: Mathieu Loux oboe, Rebecca Eves violin
Conductor: Darren Hargan
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2005
World Première – Norfolk and London - Yorke Trust commission
Jonathan Keates & Gerard McBurney The Airman’s Tale
Conductor: Darren Hargan
Director: Jennifer Hamilton
Designer: Graham Merriam


 

April 2005
Handel Messiah
Conductor: Darren Hargan
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2004
Houghton Hall performance in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales
Handel Samson
Director: Julian Podger
Designer: Graham Merriam


 

April 2004
Vivaldi Gloria
Vivaldi Magnificat
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Soloists: Ayako Matsunaga (Spring & Winter), Jodie Killingsworth (Summer), Antonia Beattie (Winter)
Scarlatti Dixit Dominus
Conductor: Darren Hargan
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2003
Monteverdi The Coronation of Poppea
Conductor: Eva Hallberg
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton


 

April 2003
Handel Alexander’s Feast
Conductor: Philip Simms
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2002
World Première – Yorke Trust commission
The Sailor’s Tale
Kevin Crossley-Holland & Rupert Bawden
Musical Director: Rupert Bawden
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton
Recorded NMC, Musical Director Gary Cheung


 

April 2002
Bach
Cantata No.5 Wo soll ich fliehen hin?
Cantata No.105 Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Soloist: Ingrid Button
Cantata No.75 Die Elenden sollen essen
Conductor David Watkin
Course Director Alexander Crowe


 

July 2001
Handel Julius Caesar
Conductor: Gary Cooper
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton


 

April 2001
Great English Choral Music
An 80th birthday tribute for Sir Malcolm Arnold, CBE – performed in the presence of the composer
Arnold, Britten, Byrd, Handel, Howells, Purcell, Tallis and Walton
Conductor: Ralph Allwood
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 2000
Rameau Hippolytus and Aricia
Conductor: Eva Hallberg
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton


 

April 2000
Bach Matthäus-Passion
Conductor: Garry Walker


 

July 1999 Norfolk &

October 1999 Manchester
Claudio Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses
Conductor: Eva Hallberg
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton


 

Easter 1999

Bach St John Passion

Conductor: Malcolm layfield


 

April 1998
Bach Cantatas
No.50 Nun ist das Heil und der Kraft
No.51 Jauchzet Gott
No.80 Ein feste Burg
Conductor: Garry Walker
Course Director: Alexander Crowe


 

July 1998
Handel Semele
Conductor: Nicholas Logie
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton


 

July 1997
Purcell King Arthur
Conductor: Nicholas Logie
Director Designer: Jennifer Hamilton


 

Easter 1997

Haydn Creation

Conductor: Gregory Rose


 

Easter 1996

Mozart Requiem

Haydn Nelson Mass

Purcell Funeral Music

Conductor: Matthew Owens


 

Easter 1995

Bach Mass in B minor

Conductor: Gregory Rose


 

March 1994
Handel Messiah
Conductor: Simon Carrington