Library hire

The choir has an extensive music library. Please use this form if you are interested in hiring one of the works listed below.

Composer Work Publisher Copies
Bach, JC Domine ad adjuvandum me Carus Verlag 32
Bach, JS Der Geist hilft Peters 28
Bach, JS Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (Cantata 112) Carus Verlag 25 + 5 vocal
Bach, JS Komm, Jesu, komm Breitkopf 30
Bairstow (arr) (The) Oak and the Ash OUP 30
Bantock Emer’s lament for Cuchulain Novello 29
Bantock (A) Faery Song JB Cramer 30
Bantock My Luve is like a red, red rose J Curwen 30
Bantock O what a lovely magic hath been here Novello 40
Bantock Song to the Seals JB Cramer 30
Barber (A) stopwatch and an ordnance map Op 15 Schirmer 18
Barber To be sung on the water Op 42/2 Schirmer 31
Barber Twelfth night Op 42/1 Schirmer 32
Bello-Portu Pays Basque CM Ediciones 30
Berg (arr Gottwald) Die Nachtigall Universal 39
Berkeley, Lennox In wintertime Op 103 Chester 27
Berkeley, Lennox Mass for 5 voices Op 64 Chester 15
Berkeley, Lennox Three Latin motets Chester 33
Bernstein Hashkiveinu Boosey 35
Bernstein Mass Boosey 27
Brahms Three motets Op 110 Breitkopf 45
Britten Whoso dwelleth under the defence Faber 32
Bruckner Geistliche Chöre Motets Peters 29
Bryars Three Poems of Cecco Angiolieri Schott 35
Bullard Choristers of Flight Colne 28
Burgon But have been found again Chester 36
Burgon (The) first world Chester 33
Burgon Five love songs Chester 29
Burrell Ave verum corpus UMP 28
Burrell Christo paremus cantica UMP 30
Burrell Come, holy ghost UMP 33
Burrell Creator of the stars of night UMP 22
Busto Ametsetan Bustovega 30
Byrd (The) Easter propers Chester 30
Carter (arr) I saw three ships OUP 23
Casken Three choral pieces Schott 40
Chilcott Beauty for ashes OUP 29
Chilcott Come back! Faber 32
Chilcott (The) heart in waiting OUP 28
Chilcott Jesus, springing OUP 28
Chilcott My heart’s friend Faber 32
Chilcott (The) nine gifts OUP 29
Chilcott Our Father OUP 29
Chilcott Pilgrim Jesus OUP 29
Chilcott Remember, O thou man OUP 40
Chilcott She walks in beauty Faber 32
Chilcott Sun, moon, sea and stars Faber 32
Chydenius Deep in the night Faber 32
Chydenius On a windy day Faber 32
Chydenius The sound of the sea Faber 32
Chydenius Tonight Faber 32
Coleridge-Taylor (The) evening star Novello 36
Debussy Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder Faber 41
Debussy Quant j’ai ouy le tambourin Faber 41
Debussy Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain Faber 41
Delius Six early part-songs Thames 40
Delius Midsummer song Boosey 10
Delius Complete works Vol. 17 – Part Songs Boosey 33
Delius On Craig Ddu Boosey 10
Delius (The) splendour falls on castle walls OUP 10
Duruflé Ubi caritas Durand 10
Escher Three Poems by WH Auden Donemus 33
Fauré Madrigal Op 35 Faber 41
Fauré Requiem (1893 version) OUP 36
Finnissy Australian sea shanties UMP 16
Finzi Nightingales Boosey 17
Frances-Hoad Psalm 1 Cadenza 31
Gabrieli, G Hodie Christus natus est (à 9) Beauchamp 38
Gabrieli, G Salvator noster (à 15) Kings Music 37
Gesualdo Ave, dulcissima Maria DVfM 35
Gesualdo Domine, ne despicias deprecationem meam DVfM 35
Gesualdo O vos omnes DVfM 35
Gibbons Hosanna to the son of David (ed. Fellowes) OUP 27
Gibbons O clap your hands OUP 25
Giles He that hath my commandments Chester 10
Glass Three Songs Chester 36
Goehr Carol for St. Steven Schott 32
Goodall (The) angel Gabriel Faber 35
Gorecki Broad waters Op 39 Boosey 28
Gorecki Five Kurpian Songs Boosey 40
Gorecki My Vistula, grey Vistula Op 46 Boosey 26
Grainger My Love’s in Germanie Bardic 35
Greene Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way OUP 30
Greene Let my complaint come before thee, O Lord OUP 30
Greene O God of My Righteousness OUP 30
Grier Coventry Carol OUP 42
Guerrero Pastores loquebantur Mapa Mundi 40
Hakim (arr) Ding Dong Merrily United Music 40
Hammerschmidt Alleluja, freuet euch ihr Christen alle Carus Verlag 35
Handel Four Coronation Anthems OUP 33
Harvey God is our refuge (Psalm 46) Faber 31
Hewitt-Jones Oculi omnium Boosey 30
Holloway (The) Consolation of Music Boosey 38
Holloway Five Madrigals Boosey 38
Holloway Psalm 113 Boosey 30
Holloway Voices of birds Boosey 24
Horovitz Sing unto the Lord Novello 29
Howells God is gone up with a merry noise Novello 35
Howells O salutaris hostia Novello 28
Howells Salve regina Novello 28
Howells (The) summer is coming Novello 35
Howells Take him earth for cherishing Belwin Mills 27
Ives Psalm 100 Merion 32
Ives Psalm 90 Merion 32
Jackson Edinburgh Mass OUP 36
Jackson (A) prayer of King Henry VI OUP 36
Jackson Salve Regina OUP 29
Janáček Hradcany Songs Hudebni Matice 18
Janáček (The) weeping fountain Hudebni Matice 18
Josquin Missa Pange Lingua Chester 24
Joubert Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C Novello 30
Joubert O Lord our Lord Novello 32
Joubert Pro Pace Motets Novello 34
Lavino Before the paling of the stars Dixon & Hughes 40
Lavino On This Island Dixon & Hughes 34
LeFanu (The) little valleys Novello 30
Leech (The) lily of heaven Independent 28
Leech Three poems of Isaac Rosenberg Independent 36
Leighton Quam dilecta Novello 33
Lumsdaine Five Travelling Songs York University 25
Lumsdaine Where the Lilies Grow York University 27
MacMillan And lo, the angel of the Lord Boosey 38
MacMillan Ave maris stella Boosey 39
MacMillan Blow the trumpet Boosey 35
MacMillan Cantos Sagrados Boosey 36
MacMillan Children are a heritage of the Lord Boosey 35
MacMillan Chosen Boosey 39
MacMillan Deus noster refugium Boosey 32
MacMillan Divo aloysio sacrum Boosey 26
MacMillan Domine non secundum Boosey 35
MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Boosey 40
MacMillan Domus infelix est Boosey 35
MacMillan I am your Mother Boosey 38
MacMillan In splendoribus sanctorum Boosey 32
MacMillan Invocation Boosey 35
MacMillan Laudi alla Vergine Maria Boosey 38
MacMillan One Equal Music Boosey 35
MacMillan On the annunciation of the blessed virgin Boosey 34
MacMillan O Radiant Dawn Boosey 39
MacMillan O Virgo prudentissima Boosey 39
MacMillan Seinte Mari moder milde Boosey 39
MacMillan To my successor Boosey 37
MacMillan Tremunt videntes angeli Boosey 24
MacMillan When you see the millions of the mouthless dead Boosey 35
Mahler (arr Gottwald) Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen Universal 10
Mahler (arr Gottwald) Um Mitternacht Universal 24
Marsh (A) Lyke Wake Dirge Peters 27
Martland Skywalk Schott 26
Matthews (A) rose at Christmas Faber 37
Maxwell Davies Ave rex angelorum Boosey 33
Maxwell Davies Corpus Christi, with cat and mouse Chester 33
Maxwell Davies Four carols from O magnum mysterium Schott 31
Maxwell Davies Hallelujah! The Lord God Almichtie Chester 29
Maxwell Davies O verbum Patris Chester 34
Mazé De profundis UMP 35
Mazé Lamentations UMP 35
Mazé Miserere UMP 35
McCabe I sing of a maiden Novello 40
McNeff Two Irish Carols (Carol of the birds, Wexford carol) Peters 30
Mendelssohn Christe, du Lamm Gottes Carus Verlag 30
Mendelssohn Wer nur den Lieben Gott Carus Verlag 19
Monteverdi Adoramus te OUP 26
Monteverdi Cantate Domino OUP 26
Mundy (A) new commandment Chester 10
Musgrave On the underground (set 2) Novello 32
Nicolai Psalm 97 Carus Verlag 28
Nørgård Abendlied Hansen 23
Nørgård D’Monstrantz Vöögeli Hansen 26
Nørgård Flos ut rosa floruit Hansen 22
Nørgård Halleluja – vor Gud er forrykt! Hansen 29
Nørgård Three motets Hansen 29
O’Regan Bring rest, sweet dreaming child Novello 41
O’Regan Ave Maria OUP 23
O’Regan Gratias tibi OUP 32
O’Regan Surrexit Christus OUP 28
Ockeghem Intemerata dei mater Mapa mundi 25
Palestrina Canite tuba in Sion Mapa Mundi 32
Panufnik Song to the virgin Mary Boosey 28
Parry, Ben (arr) Ciao, bella, ciao Peters 30
Parry, Ben (arr) David of the White Rock Peters 30
Pärt An den Wassern Universal 33
Pärt Littlemore Tractus Universal 36
Pärt Magnificat Universal 33
Pärt Seven magnificat antiphons Universal 34
Pitts Adoro te Faber 35
Poulenc Hodie Christus natus est Rouart Lerulle 31
Powers Lullaby OUP 42
Rathbone (arr) Danny Boy Peters 29
Rathbone (arr) What shall we do with the drunken sailor? Peters 30
Rheinberger Eripe me Carus Verlag 35
Rimonte Three Christmas Villancicos Mapa Mundi 37
Rodney Bennett Missa Brevis Novello 34
Rota Audi judex Schott 31
Rota Due moteti Schott 31
Rubbra Salutation Lengnick 30
Sagarna O Quam suavis est CM Ediciones 29
Saint-Saens Calme des nuits Op 68/1 Faber 41
Saint-Saens Les fleurs et les arbres Op 68/2 Faber 41
Schütz Magnificat SWV468 Carus Verlag 36
Schütz Selig sind die Toten Internet 28
Schütz Warum toben die Heiden SWV23 Beuchamp 38
Sheppard Christ rising again Chester 10
Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria virgo Stainer & Bell 35
Sheppard I give you a new commandment Chester 10
Sheppard (The) Lord’s prayer Chester 10
Sheppard Rejoice in the Lord Chester 10
Sheppard Submit yourselves Chester 10
Shostakovitch Face to face Op 88/4 Schirmer 25
Shostakovitch Invincible victors Op 88/8 Schirmer 35
Shostakovitch Sentence of death Op 88/5 Schirmer 25
Shostakovitch Silent guns Op 88/7 Schirmer 35
Sibelius Drömmarna Svenska 30
Skempton (The) flight of song OUP 42
Skempton Rise up my Love OUP 12
Skempton To Bethlehem did they go OUP 30
Stanford (The) blue bird Op119/3 Stainer 28
Stephens Timepieces Stephens 25
Stopford Ave, regina caelorum Morningstar 22
Stravinsky (The) dove descending Boosey 35
Stravinsky Four Russian peasant songs Chester 12
Swayne Magnificat Novello 30
Szymanowski Six Kurpian songs Universal (?) 28
Tallis Hear the voice and prayer Chester 10
Tallis If ye love me OUP 16
Tallis If ye love me Chester 10
Tallis (A) new commandment Chester 10
Tallis O Lord, give thy holy spirit Chester 10
Tallis Puer natus est nobis mass Oxenford 28
Tallis Purge me, O Lord Chester 10
Tallis Suscipe quaeso, Domine Oxenford 32
Tallis Verily, verily I say unto you Chester 10
Tallis Videte miraculum Mapa Mundi 22
Tavener Acclamation Chester 11
Tavener Annunciation Chester 31
Tavener As one who has slept Chester 33
Tavener (The) call Chester 29
Tavener Coplas Chester 26
Tavener Eonia Chester 44
Tavener (The) eternal sun Chester 36
Tavener Funeral ikos Chester 32
Tavener God is with us Chester 43
Tavener He hath entered the heven Chester 20
Tavener Ikon of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne Chester 31
Tavener (The) lamb Chester 35
Tavener (The) lament of the mother of God Chester 35
Tavener Let not the prince be silent Chester 50
Tavener Monument for Beethoven Chester 66
Tavener (A) nativity Chester 21
Tavener Song for Athene Chester 35
Tavener Svyati Chester 49
Tavener Two hymns Chester 40
Tavener (The) Tyger Chester 28
Tchaikovsky Six “masterworks” Faber 29
Telemann Deus judicium tuum Carus Verlag 29
Thiman O that men would praise the Lord Novello 27
Tippett Lilliburlero Schott 14
Tippett Plebs angelica Schott 30
Tucapsky Lauds Roberton 8
Vaughan Williams Echo’s lament for Narcissus Faber 35
Vaughan Williams No longer mourn for me Faber 35
Vaughan Williams Silence and music OUP 30
Victoria Magnificat Mapa Mundi 30
Victoria Missa gaudeamus Joed 28
Voces8 A cappella Songbook Peters 21
Walton Set me as a seal OUP 16
Warlock Bethlehem Down Boosey 28
Warlock (A) Cornish Christmas carol Boosey 30
Webern (arr Gottwald) Vier frühe Lieder Carus Verlag 39
Weelkes Evening service – ninth Oxenford 18
Weir Ascending into heaven Novello 35
Weir (A) blue true dream of sky Chester 36
Weir Illuminare Jerusalem Novello 47
Weir Two human hymns Chester 25
Weir Vertue (Vertue, Prayer, Antiphon) Chester 33
Whitacre I thank you god for most this amazing day Walton 35
Whitacre Lux Aurumque Walton 40
Whitacre Sleep Walton 29
Whitbourn Magnificat & Nunc dimittis Chester 30
Woolrich Over the sea – five songs Faber 35
Woolrich Spring in winter Faber 40

  • “An entrancing aural kaleidoscope,...
    which beguiles with its ravishing combination of the ethereal and the profound" (Radio 3 broadcaster, Jeremy Summerly)

    "The singing is among the finest you’ll hear from a chamber choir" (Radio WRST, University of Wisconsin)

    "A very enterprising selection...the choir make a light, fresh sound and sing with enthusiasm and commitment...the music is well performed and well recorded"

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  • “A fine choral disc…well worth a listen” (Fiona Maddocks/The Guardian)

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  • Stopford: Ave Regina Caelorum

  • Tavener: Butterfly dreams

  • Poulenc: Bois meurtri

  • Musgrave: The subway piranhas

  • Weir: Love bade me welcome

  • Britten: Carry her over the water

  • Fauré: In paradisum

  • Somewhere over the rainbow

  • Chilcott: Advent Antiphons

  • Rachmaninov: Vespers

  • Allwood: Charades III

  • Tallis: Lamentations

  • Josquin: Agnus Dei

  • Have yourself a merry little Xmas

  • Schumann: Zuversicht

  • Poulenc: La bonne neige

  • Stanford: The Blue Bird

  • Britten: God’s grandeur


  • Recordings

    It would be difficult to praise the performances too highly (Choir and Organ)

    Highly attractive...hugely enjoyable" (Time Out)

    Robust yet tonally refined performances ***** (BBC Music Magazine)

    Sam Laughton's Elysian Singers perform here with captivating intensity ***** (Classic FM)

    Subtle, disciplined, radiant (Gramophone)

    The Elysian Singers perform this often difficult work with clarity, precision and emotional punch (American Record Guide)

    Exquisitely sung with full-bodied, lively tone ***** (Classic CD)

    Magnificent (Church Times)

  • Media

    I travel back from London with the St Matthew Passion filling my head, after the moving performance from the Elysian Singers and Royal Orchestral Society under Sam Laughton at St James’s Piccadilly (The Spectator, April 2019)

    The female voices of the Elysian Singers contributed to a magical serenity descending over the [Albert] hall during Neptune, and when considered alongside the evening’s earlier strengths, helped to register this show as an undoubted early highlight of this year’s [Prom] festival (Music OMH, July 2015)

    A profound otherworldliness was initiated by the entry of the Elysian Singers, the off-stage female chorus seeming to sing from a distant planet, far beyond earthly realms (Seen and Heard International, July 2015)

    In the posthumous premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Monument to Beethoven, [John] Scott’s organ interjections brought visionary breadth to the Elysian Singers’ luminous tapestry (The Times, March 2014)

    Amongst chamber choirs they’re one of the best (Sir John Tavener, BBC TV interview)

    The classy Elysian Singers (Howard Goodall on Twitter, November 2013)

    That superb choir (John Woolrich, Radio 3)

    The excellent Elysian Singers directed by Sam Laughton (Classical Source, reviewing our 2014 Festival Hall concert)

    Ambitious, well executed and strangely compelling (Simon Jack, reviewing Open Outcry on Radio 4)

    Excellently performed by the Elysian Singers under Sam Laughton (Keith Potter, The Independent)

    A persuasive ensemble, excellently attuned to this repertory (The York Press)

    “The Elysian Singers came up trumps…luminously soft and uniform” (David Ardatti review)

  • Feedback

    Heard you sing last Sunday in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Wow! (especially the Kodaly). Thanks, come again soon (S&MG, Dublin)

    I was moved, not just by the music, but also by the creativity of humankind, continually sharing new ways of contemplating life, and by the discipline of ordinary people who work hard and unpaid to interpret this beauty and emotion to others (York blog)

    Last night’s concert was wonderful–and the links between these two great composers intriguing. Many thanks indeed (PE, Oxford)

    Heard your Gallant Weaver recording played on Radio 3 this morning – beautiful! It made my day 🙂 Gordon (e-mail address supplied)

    There were so many bits I loved. But most of all you looked, as a choir, like you were actually enjoying yourselves. Your encore made me cry for some reason – I think sitting there for a couple of hours was perfect therapy in the run up to Christmas – it made me want to run home and stick the girls’ stockings up and scatter cinnamon around the house (TM, London)

    Your CD of Sir Granville Bantock’s music arrived today – what treasures it contains. As someone who has enjoyed singing in choirs for many years, I found this recording very special. Congratulations to all concerned!! (BL, Hobart, Tasmania)

    I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying the new album. The choir sounds fabulous throughout. Congratulations! Please pass along my gratitude to your excellent singers (JL, USA)

    The closest I’ve come to a spiritual experience for a very long time… (DF, Streatham, after hearing the choir perform James Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross)

    You made such a lovely sound this morning. Ave regina coelorum was exquisite – quite the loveliest thing I’ve heard for a long time (J P-B, Salisbury, 2011)

    We cannot thank you enough for the beautiful singing, which totally exceeded our expectations. We feel very privileged. I particularly loved the descant – it was a moment I will always remember (N&T wedding, April 2013)

    The Elysian Singers truly live up to their name; there is something heavenly about their singing…For the duration of [Peter Maxwell Davies’ Solstice of Light], I felt washed clean by its words and its music, taken out of the clutter and complications of London life. (JB, London blog, Feb 2014)

    Beautiful, uplifting music and an eclectic repertoire. A very enjoyable evening (Audience Club reviewer, Feb 2019).