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Antiphon Choir and Hexham Abbey Choir join forces for an evening of choral enchantment. The ancient stones of the Abbey will resonate with voices joined in a musical journey spanning centuries. The programme is a carefully curated tapestry of sound which will echo through the sacred space of this ancient place, where the choral tradition stretches back centuries. This event is an official fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Founded in Hexham in 2000 by Judy Lloyd, who studied under John Rutter at Cambridge, and performed with the Tallis Scholars and Gothic Voices.
From the outset Antiphon’s mission was to bring high-quality singing to local churches who might otherwise have little or no music. Alongside this Antiphon have performed in an extensive series of concerts and events across the region, in churches, cathedrals, community venues and National Trust / English Heritage sites.
Over the years the choir have led or taken part in many projects celebrating our Northern heritage and collaborated extensively with other professional and amateur groups. Notable moments in Antiphon’s history have included performances of Dido and Aeneas (in The Great Hall at Hexham Abbey), Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, and Rachmanninov’s All-Night Vigil, as well as a live appearance on Radio 3 and singing in various cathedrals around the UK and its 3 European Tours.
Musical Director 2003-present – John Roper, B Mus ARCO
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, John previously worked as DoM and organist in churches and cathedrals in his native Essex, before settling in Northumberland. In addition to directing Antiphon, John directs the North Tyne and Redeswater Choir, and is DoM at St Cuthbert’s church, Bellingham, as is much in demand in the region as an accompanist and organist.
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