January Consort

Brampton Consort

Brampton Consort is a sub-group of Brampton Chamber Choir, and is made up of five singers who sing one voice to a part.  We regularly sing semi-chorus sections in concerts, and this provides a lighter texture in contrast to the full, warm sound of the whole choir. 

We always perform stand-alone works within Brampton Chamber Choir concerts, and also perform independently. 


Coming up:

We are looking forward to performing again with The Herdwyck Consort on November 5th 2022 - more details nearer the time.

Recent and past events:

On Saturday 2nd July we were delighted to sing music to accompany the poetry of Martyn Halsall, at St Peter's Church Bywell - thank you Bywell and Stocksfield for the very warm welcome! 

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We were pleased to be invited to take part in a Sung Mass for the Dead on Saturday November 6th 2021 at St Margaret Mary RC Church in Carlisle, singing parts of the Missa Pro Defunctis by Victoria, with motets by Victoria and Byrd.


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Sunday 19th September 2021 at St Lawrence's Church, Appleby and Saturday 25th September 2021 at St Patrick's Church, Patterdale.  Two concerts of music and short talks, with historian Max Loth-Hill, on the subject of Lady Anne Clifford.  These are repeats of a popular event first given in February 2020 (see review below).  

Sunday 9th February 2020  "Lady Anne Clifford" - music and short talks with Max Loth-Hill, at The Dacre Hall, Lanercost.  



        Once again, the Brampton Consort and Max Loth-Hill joined forces to deliver a wonderful afternoon of speech and song in the superb acoustics and setting of Dacre Hall.

        Despite the dreadful weather, the seasoned concert-goers of the area were out in force to support this event, and we enjoyed Max’s insightful recollections of the life of Lady Anne Clifford, with music of the period from Purcell, Byrd and Tomkins amongst others.

         Anyone who has been lucky enough to hear Max speak will know that he is surely destined for great things. Blessed with a terrific breadth of knowledge on his subjects, his delivery always enthrals and captures his audience's attention. I’m sure it won’t be long before the BBC come calling, and his obvious talent is exposed on a bigger stage.

        These events always provide the music lover with some new works, alongside the more established pieces, and this time Brampton Consort introduced us to two pieces by Thomas Tomkins, along with better known works by Byrd and Purcell. It proved to be a delightful secular and spiritual journey through the composers present at the time of Lady Anne Clifford’s life.

        Do take the opportunity when you can to come along to one of the concerts offered by Brampton Consort and Brampton Chamber Choir.  We are lucky to have such talented singers in our local area.

                                                Review by Paul Skeates, February 2020

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September 2019 - our third singing tour of Germany, with concerts in Lübeck and Föhr.   "Ich war froh" ("I was glad"), Lübeck, Sunday September 1st. "I look to the hills", St Johannes Kirche, Nieblum-auf-Föhr, Friday September 6th

Sung Evensong - Church of the Holy Paraclete, Kirkhaugh, Alston on Sunday June 9.  More information about this lovely church here.

"Monteverdi in words and music" A concert of music and narration, on the life of Claudio Monteverdi, at St Andrew's Church, Corbridge 7.30 pm Saturday May 18.  With Martin Eastwell, Theorbo.  Proceeds in aid of Maggie's Cancer Care. 

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"Captive Queen" - the story of Mary, Queen of Scots and the music she might have heard.  For this afternoon event on February 24th, we were delighted to be joined again by historian Max Loth-Hill.  Brampton Consort performed some of the music Mary might have listened to, interspersed with lively and informative talks by the ever popular Max.  

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On Saturday 29th September 2018 we performed at St Patrick's Church, Patterdale as part of their programme of early evening recitals at 6 pm.  The concert featured the music of two 17th century composers, Henry Purcell and Thomas Tomkins.  For this performance we were delighted to be joined by keyboard player and singer Frances Faux.

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On Saturday 9th June 2018 we were performing again with the poet Martyn Halsall, in an evening of poetry and music to celebrate nature.  "About the Woodland" was at St Paul's Church, Irton near Gosforth in West Cumbria, and saw the premiere of a setting of one of Martyn's poems, 'First Snows',  by our tenor Martin Johnson. All  proceeds were in aid of the church windows.

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On Sunday 8th April 2018 we performed with our friend the concert organist Birgit Wildeman from the island of Föhr in Germany. The concert was called "No Man is an Island", taken from the title of a piece dedicated to Birgit, and composed by our tenor Martin Johnson.  It also featured works by Baroque masters Dietrich Buxtehude and J.S. Bach.  


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 On Sunday 4th February 2018 we gave a joint concert with The Herdwyck Consort at Austin Friars Chapel, Stanwix in Carlisle. The combined voices of the two consorts performed music to celebrate the Eucharist, from 16th to 21st centuries.  This was our third collaboration with these fine singers.

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"Reformation!" at Rose Castle, on Sunday 1st October 2017 was a repeat of our successful collaboration with historian Max Loth-Hill.  The event was a fundraiser for the Rose Castle Foundation and raised in excess of £500.  Thank you to everyone who came to support us on a memorable afternoon in the Castle's chapel.

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"Love and Loss" - our third concert in conjunction with Cumbrian poet Martyn Halsall, at St. Paul's Church, Irton, near Gosforth, West Cumbria on Saturday 29th April 2017.

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Reformation!  Our third concert with historian Max Loth-Hill.  The Dacre Hall, Lanercost was packed for this popular event on Sunday 5th February 2017. The theme was the English Reformation.   We are repeating this concert at the historic Rose Castle, near Dalston, Cumbria on Sunday October 1st in the afternoon.

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3rd to 10th September 2016

Concert tour entitled "54 Degrees North",  with performances in Holland, Denmark and Germany, featuring the world premier of a new piece called  "No Man is an Island" ("Kein Mensch ist eine Insel) with words by John Donne, and music by our tenor, Martin Johnson.  Part of the tour was featured on German Radio (Norddeutschen Rundfunk NDR-Kultur) on Sunday 9th and Tuesday 11th October.




21st May 2016

Concert at Crosthwaite Church, Keswick

Saturday April 30th 2016 St Stephen's Church, Kirkby Stephen

Joint concert of music by Purcell and Schütz, with The Herdwyck Consort

Audio: "Thou knowest, Lord" by Henry Purcell

Audio: Excerpt from "I was Glad", by Henry Purcell

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Friday April 8th 2016,  St Martin's Church, Brampton at 7.30

"BACH and BEYOND" - a joint concert with organ (Birgit Wildeman) and cello (Ed Pendrous)


"Hearts and Histories" - Valentine's Day February 14th 2016 at 3 pm, Dacre Hall, Lanercost.

Feb 14 Concert

A concert of music interspersed with talks on history, featuring Brampton Consort, and local historian Max Loth-Hill.  Brampton Consort performed songs of love from the 16th and 17th centuries, including works by Morley, Dowland and Monteverdi.  Max Loth-Hill brought his lively and entertaining style to the social history of love, marriage and families from the same period, including some tales from the Dacre family.

Concerts in 2015: 

"Purcell at the Priory" - a joint concert with The Herdwyck Consort on Sunday 15th November 2015 at 3 pm, Lanercost Priory

"Airs & Graces" - A concert at St Patrick's Church, Patterdale on Saturday 17th October 2015 at 6 pm - Free entry, donations to the Organ & Music Fund.

Evensong at Edenhall Church, nr Langwathby, Sunday 27th September 2015.

Evensong at Ninekirks Church, nr Brougham, Penrith,  Sunday 12th April 2015.

"Fusion" - a concert at St Paul's Church, Irton, nr Gosforth, West Cumbria on Saturday 16th May 2015.  The concert featured the work of Flemish composer Phillipe de Monte and his European contemporaries.  Sharing the stage was poet Martyn Halsall, former poet in residence at Carlisle Cathedral, reading from his collection 'Sanctuary'.  

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"Fyer, Fyer!", 8th February 2015. This event featured music to celebrate the Dacre Hall's historic chimney mantel, commissioned in 1618, and recently returned to its home after being looked after for many years at The Bowes Museum.   The afternoon included a fascinating talk by historian Max Loth-Hill, with the Brampton Consort providing sacred and secular music from the period, from William Byrd, Thomas Morley and others.

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2014 Concerts:

In September 2014 we toured North Germany, to share our love of English music with a new audience.  We performed in Münster-Handorf, Flensburg and the island of Föhr.

Norddeutschlandtour September 2014                                                                       

Die 5 Stimmen des Consorts Brampton singen geistliche und weltliche polyphone Musik aus der englischen Chortradition,

darunter Werke von Byrd, Tallis, Dowland, Gibbons, Parsons, Purcell, Vaughan Williams und Anderen.


Montag 15 September 20.00 Uhr, St. Petronilla, Münster-Handorf (mit der Handorfer Kantorei)                                                                                                               

Mittwoch 17 September 20.00 Uhr, St. Johannis-Kirche, Flensburg (mit Birgit Wildeman, Orgel)

Freitag 19 September 20.00 Uhr, St. Johannis-Kirche, Nieblum auf Föhr (mit Birgit Wildeman, Orgel und dem Singkreis Johannis)          

Other events in 2014:

On September 6th 2014 we sang at Newbiggin Hall, Temple Sowerby in a concert entitled Music for a Summer's Evening. We were joined by the Moscrop Recorder Consort for an evening of music spanning five centuries, in the delightful setting of a 16th century hall.  Many thanks to  Newbiggin Hall for their  hospitality.  The concert raised more than £130 for St Edmund's Church.











On August 9th 2014  at Carver Church, Windermere,  we were one of two groups taking part in a Vocal Workshop, coached by members of the fantastic Early Music group,  Stile Antico, as part of the Lake District Summer Music Festival.  We learned a lot under  their expert and friendly guidance.

On May 3rd 2014 we performed at St Paul's Church, Irton in the Western Lake District, with Cumbrian poet Martyn Halsall. The concert was in aid of St Paul's Church funds.