Past concerts

Saturday 16th March 2024
St Mary’s Church
South Woodford

Darkness into Light

Motet: Fürchte dich nicht – J.S. Bach
Missa Brevis – Zoltán Kodály
Missa pro defunctis – Duarte Lobo
Seek him that maketh the seven stars – Jonathan Dove

Organ – Roger Bluff

Saturday 9th December 2023
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

My Dancing Day

Magnificat a 12 – Andrea Gabrieli
Magnificat I a 8 – Claudio Monteverdi
Deutches Magnificat (1671) – Heinrich Schütz
This have I done for my true love – Gustav Holst
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – John Gardner
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – Philip Stopford
Three Carols – Carl Rütti
Nova! Nova! – Iain Farrington
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Noel: Verbum caro factum est – Tamsin Jones

Organ – Roger Bluff

Saturday 24th June 2023
St Mary’s Church
South Woodford

If ye love me

Ubi caritas – Duruflé, Mealor & Gjeilo
Northern Lights – Gjeilo
Vidi speciosam – Todd
Set me as a seal – Walton
My beloved spake – Hadley & Purcell
Tota pulchra es – Duruflé
Missa ego flos campi – Padilla
If ye love me – Tallis
Ständchen – Schubert
A boy and a girl – Whitacre
Can she excuse my wrongs? – Dowland
I love, alas, I love thee – Morley
Come away, sweet love – Greaves
If music be the food of love – Purcell

Organ – David Winters

Saturday 11th March 2023
St John’s Church
Epping, Essex

Heavenly Sounds

William Byrd – Mass for five voices
J.S. Bach – Komm, Jesu, komm
Jean Langlais – Messe solenelle
Antonio Caldara – Crucifixus a 16

Organ – Roger Bluff

Saturday 3rd December 2022
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Carols of the World – inspired by the men’s World Cup

Felicitas explored music appropriate for the Christmas season from around the world.

As we moved from country to country, we covered a variety of different styles from the 16th century right up to the present day.

As we ‘leapt’ from Palestrina to Panufnik, from Rutter to Rathbone, we took you on a magical tour of Christmas from around the world.

Saturday 25th June 2022
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Felicitas – a celebration! 30th Anniversary Concert


Ave Maria, mater Dei – Cornysh
Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli – Palestrina
Loquebantur variis linguis – Tallis
Jubilate Deo – Gabrieli
Ave Maria – Bruckner
Bogoroditsye Dyevo – Rachmaninov
Salve Regina – Poulenc
Justorum animae – Stanford
Coelos ascendit hodie – Stanford
Beati quorum via – Stanford
O sing joyfully – Batten
Christus est stella – Will Todd
O sing joyfully – Simon Winters


April is in my mistress’ face – Morley
Sweet Suffolk owl – Vautor
Sea Sorrow – arr. Bantock
Anything goes – Cole Porter
Lullaby of Birdland – Shearing
Let’s do it – Cole PorterSleep – Eric Whitacre
Waltzing Matilda – arr. Rathbone

Saturday 26th March 2022
St John’s Church

Joy & Solemnity

Vierne – Messe Solennelle
J.S. Bach – Jesu, meine Freude
Jonathan Dove – Missa Brevis
Henry Purcell – O Lord God of Hosts & I was glad

Roger Bluff – Organ

Saturday 4th December 2021
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Rejoice and sing! – A Christmas Celebration

Britten – A Ceremony of Carols (with harp); Lassus – Four Marian Antiphons; Sweelinck – Ab Oriente & Gaude et Laetare; Eric Whitacre – Lux aurumque; Ola Gjeilo – Serenity (O Magnum mysterium), Lavinio Virgili – Ninna, nanna a Gesu bambina; plus a selection of music for men’s voices.

Rachel Bartels – Harp

Saturday 14th March 2020
St John’s Church

In paradisum

Duruflé – Requiem
Victoria – Tenebrae Responsories (Maundy Thursday)
Allegri – Miserere
Alonso Lobo – Versa est in luctum

Saturday 7th December 2019
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

In a cold winter’s night

Warlock – Bethlehem Down
Lauridsen – O magnum mysterium
Rutter – O holy night
Ireland – The holy boy
Tavener – The Lamb & Away in a manger
Praetorius – Magnificat
Gibbons – This is the record of John
Arr. Ben Parry – Jingle bells

Saturday 29th June 2019
St John’s Church

Petite Messe Solennelle ~Gioachino Rossini~

The 2019 summer concert saw a departure from our normal repertoire of mainly unaccompanied choral works. Felicitas performed Rossini’s unusually scored and highly entertaining Petite Messe Solennelle.

Saturday 23rd March 2019
St John’s Church

Herbert Howells and the Tudors: The influence of Tallis and Byrd

Music included Howells’ early setting of the Mass in the Dorian mode together with Take him, earth, for cherishing and Requiem I and II from Requiem. This was contrasted with music by William Byrd (Ave verum Corpus & Quomodo cantabimus) and Thomas Tallis (If ye love me & Sanctus from Missa Puer natus est). Howells’ Grace for 10 Downing Street was also performed.

Saturday 1st December 2018
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Songs of the Nativity

Missa O magnum mysterium – Victoria, Ave Regina Caelorum – Massenzio, ed. Dixon, Hodie Christus natus est – Schütz, Three Carol Anthems (A spotless rose, Sing lullaby, Here is a little door) – Howells, Twelve days of Christmas – Chilcott, A heavenly song – McDowall, A patre unigenitus – Rutti, Candlelight Carol – Rutter, I sing of a maiden – Martin, In dulci jubilo – Chilcott, My Lord has come – Todd, Pilgrim Jesus – Chilcott, The Christ-child – Jackson, There is no rose – Smith

Saturday 13th October 2018
St Mary-le-bow Church

Europe in Harmony

A concert exploring the spread of musical influences throughout Europe. Music included sacred works from the 16th and 17th centuries, madrigals and partsongs. A re-run of the summer concert as part of the Brandenburg Festival.

Saturday 23rd June 2018
St John’s Church

Europe in Harmony

A concert exploring the spread of musical influences throughout Europe. Music included sacred works from the 16th and 17th centuries, madrigals and partsongs.

Saturday 17th March 2018
St John’s Church


J.S. Bach – Magnificat in D, Monteverdi – Magnificat a 8 (1640), Herbert Howells – Magnificat from Gloucester Service, Giles Swayne – Magnificat, Finzi – Magnificat

Saturday 9th December 2017
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Christmas Past and Present

Gloria from Missa Puer natus est – Thomas Tallis, Gloria from Missa Brevis
Jonathan Dove, O magnum mysterium, Quem vidistis, Videntes stellam, Hodie Christus natus est – Palestrina & Poulenc,
Coventry Carol – 15th century traditional, Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child (Coventry Carol) – Kenneth Leighton, Adam lay y bounden – Ord, Mann & Skempton, A Patre Unigenitus – Carl Rütti, The Christ-child – Gabriel Jackson, A little child there is y born – Malcolm Archer, Ding dong, merrily on high, – arr. Mack Wilberg, Glory to the Christ child – Alan Bullard, Sussex Carol – arr. Bob Chilcott

Saturday 30th September 2017
All Saints
Woodford Wells

A Musical Evening in aid of the Organ Fund

A “Something for Everyone” programme of choral music including Parry’s famous I was glad, Handel’s Zadok the priest, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine plus other works by Byrd, Mozart, Stanford, Eric Whitacre and gospel arrangements by Ken Burton.

Thursday 15th June 2017
St Lawrence Jewry
Guildhall Yard, London

Sing Joyfully

Mass for Four Voices & Sing Joyfully – Byrd, Magnificat ancor che col partire – Lassus, Exsultate Deo – Palestrina, Quatre Motets – Duruflé, Exsultate Deo – Poulenc, Three Shakespeare Songs – Vaughan Williams, Her sacred spirit soars – Whitacre, Vidi Speciosam – Todd, Singet dem Herrn – Bach

Saturday 18th March 2017
St John’s Church

In Splendoribus

Gloria in D, RV589 – Vivaldi, Magnificat – Buxtehude, Ich elender Mensch (Cantata no.48) – J.S. Bach, In splendoribus sanctorum – James MacMillan, Gloria from Missa Brevis – Jonathan Dove, Locus iste – Karl Jenkins

with strings, oboe, trumpet & organ

Saturday 3rd December 2016
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Make we Joy

O magnum mysterium – settings by Byrd, Victoria, Gabrieli, Poulenc, Lauridsen and Maxwell Davies
Medieval carols, including Gaudete and Make we Joy
Other works by Lassus, Judith Bingham, Carl Rütti, John Streeting, William Walton, John Rutter and Andrew Carter’s arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas

Organist: Roger Bluff

Saturday 25th June 2016
United Free Church
Woodford Green

Light and Life

O nata lux – Tallis, Nunc dimittis (Great Service) – Byrd, Thy word is a lantern – Purcell, The heavens are telling – Haydn, three of Four Songs – Schubert, Light of Life: Light out of darkness – Elgar, Hail, gladdening light – Wood, Bring us, O Lord God – Harris, Hope, faith, life, love – Whitacre, Lux aeterna: O nata lux – Lauridsen, O Radiant Dawn – MacMillan, Ready to Ride! – Arr. Burton

Organist: David Winters

Saturday 12th March 2016
St. John’s Church

Baroque and beyond

Kyrie – Vivaldi, My heart is inditing – Purcell, Der Geist hilft – J.S. Bach, Requiem – Rutter

Organist: Roger Bluff

Saturday 12th December 2015
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

O Holy Night

Ave Maria – Parsons, O Holy Night – Rutter, In dulci jubilo – Pearsall, Before the ice – Chilcott, Hodie – Whitbourn, O Jesu mi dulcissime – Gabrieli, extract from Christmas Oratorio – Bach, Pastores loquebantur – Guerrero

Organist: Roger Bluff

Saturday 27th June 2015
St. John’s Church

This Fragile Earth

A celebration of the natural world including music by Gibbons, Lassus, Stanford, Saint Saens, Massenet, Whitacre and Cole Porter.

Pianist: Anne Reece

Saturday 7th March 2015
St. John’s Church

Music and the Monarchy

Purcell & Parry – I was glad, Handel & Henry Lawes – Zadok the Priest, Blow & Howells – Behold, O God our defender, Stanford – Coronation Gloria, Purcell – Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary, Tavener – Song for Athene, Britten – Choral Dances from Gloriana (nos 1,2 & 3), Handel – Hallelujah Chorus

Organist: Roger Bluff

Saturday 13th December 2014
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Sing Lullaby

Annunciation – John Tavener, Puer natus est nobis – Byrd, Videte miraculum – Tallis, Hodie Christus natus est – Sweelink, Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen – Arvo Part, Before the ice – Bob Chilcott, Sing lullaby – Howells, Lully, Lulla, Lullay – Stopford

Saturday 28th June 2014
United Free Church
Woodford Green

A Boy and a Girl

Music inspired by Eric Whitacre’s setting and featured a wide variety of both sacred and secular music.

Saturday 22nd March 2014
St. John’s Church

A Heavenly Queen

Stabat Mater – Pergolesi
Missa Regina Caeli – Palestrina
Miserere – James MacMillan

Saturday 14th December 2013
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

A Boy Was Born

Das Neugeborne Kindelein – Buxtehude, Four Christmas Motets – Poulenc, There shall a star (from ‘Christus) – Mendelssohn, My Lord has come – Will Todd, Seinte Mari Moder Milde – James MacMillan, The Three Kings – Cornelius, A boy was born & Sweet was the song – Britten
Other light-hearted arrangements by Jonathan Rathbone and The King’s Singers

Organist: David Winters

Saturday 29th June 2013
St. John’s Church

An English Heritage

An evening of sacred and secular music illustrating the rich heritage of English choral music over the last 500 years. Featured composers included Dowland, Byrd, Tomkins, Purcell, Wesley, Parry, Britten and Rutter.

Saturday 23rd March 2013
St. John’s Church

Bach to Britten

Motet: Lobet den Herrn – JS Bach, Stabat mater – Scarlatti, When David heard – Whitacre,
Lo, the full final sacrifice – Finzi and Te Deum & Jubilate – Britten.

Saturday 1st December 2012
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

I beheld a lady

Settings of Vidi speciosam by Victoria and Will Todd, Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre.
Salve regina and Quatre petites prières de Saint Francois d’Assise by Poulenc. German Magnificat – Schutz.
Two settings of Ave Maria by Bruckner and Holst, This have I done for my true love – Holst and Gabriel’s message – Rathbone.

Saturday 16th June 2012
Southwark Cathedral

Choral Contrasts – A 20th Anniversary Concert

Felicitasí 20th season culminated in a concert which included the first performance of a commission by Will Todd entitled Vidi speciosam. This was coupled with a setting of the same text by Victoria and other pairings, including God is gone up by Croft and Finzi, When David heard by Weelkes and Eric Whitacre, Ubi caritas by DuruflÈ and Paul Mealor, as well as settings of the Magnificat by Gibbons and Howells. The concert ended with John Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals

Organist: David Winters

Saturday 31st March 2012
St. John’s Church

The Glory of England

Spem in alium – Tallis
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Great Service) – Byrd
Requiem – Howells
Birthday Madrigals – Rutter

Organist: David Winters

Saturday 3rd December 2011
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Inspired by Women

Hymn to St. Cecilia – Britten
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day 1692 (choruses) – Purcell
Christmas Responsories – Johann Michael Haydn
Totus tuus – Gorecki

music also included:
16th century Italian “Marian” polyphony
Elizabethan madrigals
Christmas music by a selection of women composers including June Nixon and Rebecca Clarke

Organist: David Winters

Saturday 25th June 2011
United Free Church
Woodford Green

Summer Concert

Ubi caritas et amor – Paul Mealor (as sung at the Royal Wedding),
A Little Jazz Mass – Bob Chilcott,
Animal Crackers – Eric Whitacre,
Magnificat primi toni – Victoria,
O Lord, how manifold are thy works – Geoffrey Winters,
Huit chansons francaises – Poulenc,
Lay a garland – Pearsall

Accompanist: Anne Reece
Cor Anglais: Helen McKean
also featuring: The Hayward Piano Trio

Saturday 2nd April 2011
St. John’s Church
Epping, Essex


Requiem – Mozart, Requiem – Eleanor Daley

Saturday 4th December 2010
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey, Essex

Mostly Christmas

Jesu, meine Freude – JS Bach, O magnum mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
Magnificat – Giles Swayne, Nova, nova! – Bob Chilcott, Virga Jesse – Bruckner
Salve Regina – Philips, Carol Medley – Jonathan Rathbone

Saturday 26th June 2010
United Reformed Church
Chingford, London

Serenade to Music

Mass for Four Voice – Monteverdi, Serenade to Music – Vaughan Williams
Sleep – Whitacre, Nunc Dimittis – Holst, Hear my prayer, O Lord, Remember not, Lord,
If music be the food of love,
and In these delightful, pleasant groves – Purcell
and songs by Copland, Woods, Gershwin and Parry

with Sophie Ogunyemi: Flute

Saturday 20th March 2010
St. John’s Church
Epping, Essex

Spring Concert & CD Launch

Missa Papae Marceli – Palestrina, Stabat Mater – Poulenc

with Roger Bluff: Organ

Saturday 5th December 2009
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey, Essex

Music to start the Christmas season

Little Organ Mass – Haydn, Rejoice in the Lord alway – Purcell, God is with us – Tavener
Psalm 100 (Jauchzet dem Hern) – Schutz, Jubilate Deo – Gabrieli, Beatus vir – Monteverdi
Fantasia on Christmas Carols – Vaughan Williams

with Roger Bluff: Organ

Saturday 27th June 2009
St. James’s Church
Piccadilly, London

There is Sweet Music

Byrd Four part Mass, Elgar There is sweet music, Vaughan-Williams Three Shakespeare Songs, Harris Bring us, O Lord, Rutter Five Traditional Songs, Two Stanford motets and 3 madrigals

The Ross Winters Recorder Consort

Saturday 16th May 2009
Copped Hall

Music at the Mansion

Felicitas performed a recital to help raise funds to restore this fine Georgian mansion. Music included:

Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs, Seiber Hungarian Folk Songs, Palestrina Stabat Mater and songs by Cole Porter.

Saturday 21st March 2009
St. John’s Church

Ash Wednesday to Easter

Nyman Miserere, Poulenc Four Lenten Motets, Palestrina Stabat Mater, Josquin des Prez Missa Pange lingua and other seasonal music by Byrd, Weelkes, Blow, Bruckner and Will Todd.

Saturday 6th December 2008
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Christmas Past and Present

Gabrieli O magnum mysterium, Sch¸tz Der Engel sprach zu den Hirten, Pachelbel Magnificat in D, Ahle F¸rchtet euch nicht, Bruckner Ave Maria & Ecce sacerdos, Pinkham Angelus ad pastores ait, Praetorius Joseph Lieber & In dulci jubilo, Britten A Hymn to the Virgin, Gardner Tomorrow shall be my dancing day & Carols by Howells and Leighton

with 4 trombones and organ

Saturday 15th March 2008
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Spring Concert

Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor, J.S. Bach F¸rchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, Gesualdo Tenebrae, Villette Attende Domine, Barber Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings), Lotti Crucifixus

Saturday 1st December 2007
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

The Story of Christmas

Schutz The Christmas Story, Gabrieli’s Angelus ad pastores ait and Hodie Christus natus est, Naylor Vox dicentis: Clama, Tavener Magnificat, Rathbone’s Gabriel’s Message and O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Saturday 30th June 2007
The Old Royal Naval College Chapel

15th Anniversary Concert

Byrd Five-Part Mass and Laudibus in sanctis, Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing
Britten Five Flower Songs, Rutter Five Childhood Lyrics, Harris Faire is the heaven
MacMillan Christus vincit and other works by Tallis and Blitheman.

Saturday 24th March 2007
St. John’s Church

Allegri Miserere,MacMillan Christus vincit, Langlais Messe solennelle
Tippet Five Negro Spirituals, Stanford Beati quorum via, Harris Faire is the heaven, Hamba Lulu African Songs.

with Roger Bluff: Organ

Saturday 2nd December 2006
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Music for Harp, Organ and Choir

Bernstein Chichester Psalms,Britten Ceremony of Carols, Victoria O magnum mysterium
and Rimonte 3 Christmas Villancicos.

with Emma Ramsdale: Harp

Saturday 24th June 2006
United Reformed Church
Buxton Road

European Choral Music

with The Haywood Trio:
Katherine Bamber, violin
Roberta Rominger, cello
David Trafford, piano

Saturday 25th March 2006
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Poulenc Gloria, Vierne Messe Solenelle, Duruflé Quatre motets
Mozart Laudate pueri & Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers)

Soprano: Julia Wilson-James
Organist: Stuart Nicholson (Birmingham Cathedral)

Saturday 3rd December 2005
The Abbey Church
Waltham Abbey

Te Deum and a touch of Christmas!

Settings of the Te Deum by Haydn, Byrd, Howells, Elgar, Gibbons and Walton and Christmas items by Schutz and Rutter with excerpts from Messiah

Organist: Stephen Bullamore (Waltham Abbey)