Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Temple Singers in rehearsal at Temple Church
John Donne's signature on one of his books in Middle Temple Library

Temple Singers

Thomas Allery director

John Donne - Master of the Revels at Lincoln's Inn - insisted that "life is an astonishment, and it behoves us to be astonished". The sense of awe and of infinity which he and other Metaphysical poets of the 17th century conjured, has inspired some of the greatest English choral music of the following centuries. Temple Singers present a sumptuous programme of Metaphyiscal settings, including Harris' sublime Bring us O Lord, one of Parry's much-loved Songs of Farewell and Stanford's glorious carpe diem part song On Time. They give the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad's new work (based on Marvell's The Garden) which has been commissioned especially for this occasion.


Thomas Campion Never Weather-beaten Sail
Robert Saxton At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners
Charles Stanford On Time Op.142
Hubert Parry My Soul There is a Country
Cheryl Frances-Hoad A Green Thought in a Green Shade *world premiere*
Richard Lloyd The Call
Roderick Willliams Love Bade Me Welcome
Ernest Walker Soft Music Op.48
Edmund Rubbra Eternitie (from Five Motets Op.37)
William Harris Bring us O Lord
Richard Shephard Never Weather-beaten Sail

50 minutes (no interval)


Temple Treasure: Did you know that Middle Temple Library's collection of early printed books includes 80 books that once belonged to John Donne, all of which bear his signature (the J in which looks to us like a treble clef) and many his motto?

Venue: Temple Church
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"The sheer luxuriance of Frances-Hoad's imagination is almost overwhelming"

Planet Hugill


Booking opens 18 August 2022
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