KVU Singers is renowned for its wide and varied repertoire, ranging from serious and light-hearted part songs to major works of the classical repertoire.
Each year we perform a major work as part of our Spring Recital. These have included: –
Gounod’s ‘St Cecilia’s Mas’s
Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’
Bach’s ‘B Minor Mass’
Some of the more modern pieces we have performed include Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man’ and ‘Peacemakers’; Jonathan Willcocks’ ‘Lux Perpetua’; Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’; Alan Bullard’s ‘Light in the Stable’ and Alexander L’Estrange’s ‘Song Cycle – Vive la Vélorution’, inspired by the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in 2014, which we sang with other Yorkshire choirs in York Minster.
The choir is not afraid to face a challenge so in 2014 we sponsored a Young Composers competition for composers aged from 16-25. We sang 6 brand new pieces selected from an admirable number of innovative pieces submitted from all over the country. This was challenging, but very rewarding.
The choir also enjoys singing part songs, ranging from excerpts from Rachmaninov’s ‘Vespers’ to Billy Joel and Orlando di Lasso to John Rutter, Spirituals to Nursery Rhymes. The repertoire we have enjoyed over the last 111 years in English, Latin, Russian, French, German and even Maori is incredible! Never a dull moment.