Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Britten: War Requiem    Sage, Gateshead - 10th November 2018

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir is proud to present this major concert in The Sage on a weekend which coincides with the centenary of the armistice at the end of The Great War. We will be joined by renowned soloists:
Roderick Williams
Mark Padmore
Rachel Nicholls

Our forces will include:
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Newcastle Choral Society
Northern Spirit Singers
Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir
Choristers of Durham Cathedral
Choristers of St Peter's, Stockton

The Mowbray Orchestra

John Forsyth MBE
Xenophon Kelsey MBE
Daniel Cook

Tickets: Available from Sage box office (no postal charge for tickets)

See here for much more information on the War Requiem, including a complete performance.


Previous Concert - An Evening of French Music - 22nd June 2018

St Mary's Cathedral, Coulby Newham

Classics, opera and popular song!

Including Fauré, Poulenc, Gounod, Delibes, Offenbach and Bizet.
Soldiers' Chorus, Flower Duet, Carmen choruses, Toreador's March, and much more!

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir
Andrew Christer (piano/organ)
Dominic Bevan (tenor)

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice in the interval. 





Previous Concert - JS Bach: Mass in B Minor. 17th March 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018 at 7:30pm
Surely Johann Sebastian Bach's greatest choral work, and one which many people feel is the pinnacle of man's musical endeavour. You decide for yourselves...

The concert is performed by Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and the Mowbray Orchestra, conducted by John Forsyth MBE.

Soloists are:
Emma Morwood
- Soprano

Carolina Krogius
- Mezzo

Joseph Doody
- Tenor

Philip Smith
- Baritone

Andrew Christer
- Organ


Previous Concert - Sunday 17th December 2017

Come and join us for a Family Christmas Carol Concert!
Starting at 3:00pm in St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir
Fishburn Band 

Alison Gill (piano)

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Seasonal music from a superb brass band, Christmas songs from the choirs and well-known carols for everyone.

Previous Concert - Christmas is Coming! - December 2nd 2017

7:30pm - Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Stockton Parish Church

Christmas is Coming!

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Britten: Ceremony of Carols, St Nicolas

Andrew McAllister (tenor), Neil Turnbull (baritone)
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and Junior Choir
Oslo Voices
Egglescliffe School Senior Choir

The Mowbray Orchestra

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Previous Concert - Beethoven - Symphony No 9 - Ripon Cathedral, 21st October 2017

We were delighted to join Ripon's St Cecilia Orchestra in a spectacular concert which included Beethoven's Choral Symphony. The concert was in Ripon Cathedral on Saturday October 21st at 7:30pm. The programme was:

Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod - Tristan & Isolde
Beethoven: Symphony No 9

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
(Music Director: John Forsyth MBE)

Soprano: Ilona Domnich
Mezzo Sop: Media Bienek
Tenor: Elgan Llyr
Bass: Sam Pantcheff

St Cecilia Orchestra
Conductor: Xenophon Kelsey MBE


Previous Concert of Italian Music - St Mary's Cathedral, Friday 30th June

Held in, for us, a new venue -
St Mary's Cathedral
in Dalby Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0TW.

Classics, opera and popular song!
Verdi and Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Gabrieli.
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, the Brindisi from La Traviata, Nessun Dorma, Santa Lucia, Sorrento, and much more!

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir
Andrew Christer
Chris Griksaitis (tenor)
Rhianne Kent and Inés Antunes (sopranos)
Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Previous concert - A 70th Birthday Concert for John Forsyth!

7:30pm, April 1st 2017 - Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm School

Music full of life to celebrate Music Director John Forsyth’s 70th Birthday:

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 (with Alison Gill as soloist)

Pieces by Rutter, Vivaldi & Bennett - performed by Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir

Rutter: Magnificat (soprano soloist Penelope Randall-Davis)

With Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir and The Mowbray Orchestra.
John Forsyth MBE conducts.



John Forsyth has encouraged and helped countless young musicians and singers to realise their potential and to gain a lifelong love of music, in many cases leading to professional careers.

He continues to be an inspirational figure in the north-east region and beyond.

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir is proud and delighted to have John as our Musical Director.

Previous concert - Family Christmas Carol Concert - Sunday 18th December 2016

We enjoyed our Christmas Concert, held at 3:00pm on Sunday 18th December in St Barnabas Church, 1a St Barnabas Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS56JR.

This was an afternoon event for people of all ages to get in the mood for Christmas. There was the opportunity for the audience to join in with some favourite carols and other seasonal songs.

We were partnered by Fishburn Brass Band and joined by the Egglescliffe School Senior Choir and our own Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir.


Previous concert at Sage, Gateshead

Verdi: Requiem


Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Egglescliffe School Senior Choir

Linda Richardson (soprano)
Amanda Floyd (mezzo soprano)
David Butt Philip (tenor)
Philip Smith (baritone)

The Mowbray Orchestra
Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Previous Concert: "Green & Pleasant Land" - a musical celebration of the English countryside

At Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, Saturday 2nd July 2016, 7:30pm

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir

Andrew McAllister (tenor)
John Forsyth (guitar)
Andrew Christer (piano / organ)

Conducted by: John Forsyth MBE

Songs that evoke the English countryside in summer, including music by:
Finzi, Bennett, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Carter and others


Previous concert - Middlesbrough Town Hall - 12th March 2016

 Mendelssohn: Elijah

International baritone Alan Opie stars in the title role of this dramatic retelling of the story of a prophet with the power to bring down fire – or rain – from the sky. 

Alan Opie (baritone)
Nathan Vale (tenor)
Sinéad O’Kelly (soprano)
Charlotte Heslop (mezzo soprano)

Mowbray Orchestra
Conducted by John Forsyth MBE

"There came a fiery, chariot,
with fiery, fiery horses"

Previous concert -  Christmas Carol Concert - 20th December 2015 

Middlesbrough Town Hall - 3:00 to 4:30pm

The Choir was joined by the Fishburn Band and Vox to perform seasonal music. The audience also got the opportunity to sing along with favourite Christmas carols.

Previous Concert - Saturday 21st November 2015, 7:30pm

At Stockton Baptist Tabernacle:

Haydn: Te Deum

Brahms: Variations on a theme of Haydn (St Anthony Variations)

Brahms: A German Requiem (sung in English)

Emma Morwood (soprano)
Dominic Barberi (bass-baritone)
The Mowbray Orchestra
Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Previous concert - 27th June 2015 at 7:30pm

Stockton Parish Church

Folk, classical and the Great American Song Book

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Andrew Christer (piano, organ)
Soloist: Alison Gill (piano), playing Gershwin and Scott Joplin

Previous Concert - 28th March 2015 at 7:30pm

Stockton Parish Church

Goodall: Eternal Light
Mozart: Requiem

Hazel McBain (soprano)
Charlotte Heslop (mezzo)
James Slimings (tenor)
Andrew McTaggart (bass-baritone)

(All soloists from Royal Scottish Conservatoire)

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
The Mowbray Orchestra
Alison Gill & Andrew Christer (organ/piano/keyboard)
Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Previous Concert - Family Christmas Concert - 21st December 2014

Sun 21st Dec 2014 - 3:00pm - Afternoon Family Christmas Concert - Middlesbrough Town Hall

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, along with Fishburn Band and singers from North East Youth Chorale.


Previous concert - Saturday 1st November 2014

Saturday 1st November, 7.30pm - Concert at The Sage Gateshead.

Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)
Northern Spirit Singers (semi-chorus)

Orff: Carmina Burana
Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson (soprano)
Mark Wilde (tenor)
Philip Smith (baritone)
Young Choirs: Quay Lads and Quay Lasses

The Mowbray Orchestra.
Conductor: John Forsyth MBE
North East Youth Chorale joined Cleveland Philharmonic Choir in the main chorus for both works.

More information on this Concert and the Performers taking part

Previous concert - Saturday 28th June, 7.30pm - Concert at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle

Chorusmaster: John Forsyth, Conductor: Thomas Neal
Organ: Andrew Christer

Poulenc: Litanies à la vierge noire (Ladies’ choir)
Fauré: Requiem
Rutter: Requiem
Clare Tunney (soprano), Ben Craw (baritone)
The Gentlemen of St Peter’s Choir

Previous Concert: Stockton Parish Church. Sat 12th April 2014

Previous Concert

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir with The Mowbray Orchestra
Conductor: John Forsyth

Vaughan Williams: Benedicite
Penelope Randall-Davis (soprano)

Shostakovich: Concerto No 1 for piano and trumpet
Alison Gill (piano), John Gill (trumpet)

Schubert: Mass no 6 in E flat D950
Penelope Randall-Davis (soprano)
Charlotte Heslop (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Bradley and  Christopher Griksaitis (tenors)
Ben Craw (bass)

Previous Concert - Handel's Messiah in Hartlepool

St Joseph's Church, Hartlepool, 7th Dec 2013, 7:30pm
St Pauls Road,  Hartlepool, TS26 9EY

A performance of this perennial favourite, accompanied by organ and trumpet.

Conductor:  John Forsyth
Rowan Pierce (sop)
Catriona Morison (mezzo)
David Lee (tenor)
Dominic Barberi (bass-baritone)

John Gill (trumpet);  Andrew Christer (organ) 

Previous Concert - "100 Voices" - Concert of Choral Music

Stockton Parish Church, 16th Nov 2013, 7:30pm

Some wonderful pieces of music, mainly unaccompanied, sacred and secular, ranging from the 16th century to the present. The works included settings of Ave Maria by Bruckner, Victoria, Josquin and Stravinsky; and works by Palestrina, Viadana, Grieg, Reger and Guerrero. We also performed the moving Songs of Farewell by Parry.

Also there were solo recitals from two outstanding young musicians from the region - Andrew Snell (Cellist, NYO) and Charlotte Heslop (Mezzo, Samling Academy).

Something for everyone to enjoy!   


Previous Concert

29th June 2013 - 7:30pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall:

A concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation:



Previous concert in 2013 - Dvořák : Stabat Mater

Saturday 23rd March, 7.30pm
Stockton Parish Church

Dvořák: Hussite Overture
Dvořák: Stabat Mater

Jessica Leary (soprano)
Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano)
Raoni Hübner (tenor)
Dominic Barberi (bass-baritone).

The Mowbray Orchestra

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Previous Concert in 2012 - Handel: Messiah

 8th December 2012, 7.00 pm
Stockton Baptist Tabernacle

Handel:  Messiah

Rowan Pierce (sop), Anna Barry (mezzo), Michael Bradley (tenor), Dominic Barberi (bass)
Andrew Christer (organ), Graham South (trumpet)

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Previous Concert in 2012

Saturday 10th November in Stockton Parish Church.  See poster for more details.


Previous concert in 2012:       The Glory of Gabrieli

Saturday 30 June 2012, 7:30 pm
Stockton-on-Tees Parish Church

Choral and instrumental music to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Gabrieli, including music by him and composers who were influenced by him.
 - Faye Newton (soprano), Peter Morton (tenor)
 - Gentlemen of St Peter's Church Choir, Stockton-on-Tees
 - Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
 - Ensemble of sackbuts, cornetts, dulcian, viola da gamba and organ, directed by Claire McIntyre
 - Conductor: Thomas Neal.  Chorus master: John Forsyth MBE

See here for full listing of works performed in this concert....


JS Bach: Mass in B Minor - Stockton Parish Church, 31st Mar 2012

Our Spring 2012 concert featured Johann Sebastian Bach's magnificent Mass in B Minor, which many regard as his finest choral work.

The concert was performed by Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and the Mowbray Orchestra, conducted by John Forsyth MBE. Our soloists were:

  • Emma Morwood - Soprano
  • Carolina Krogius - Mezzo
  • Ben Kerslake - Tenor
  • Allan Smith - Baritone
  • Andrew Christer - Organ

This performance was dedicated to John Hillier, choir committee member and author of our concert programmes, who died at the end of August 2011.


Comments received following the performance of Bach B Minor Mass in March 2012....

Alex Cunningham MP: Thank you for the kind invitation to attend Saturday evening concert which both Evaline and I enjoyed very much.  I had never heard the piece before but warmed to it, like the audience clearly did and will now seek a recording. Please pass on my thanks to John and everyone involved.  They all made a wonderful noise in our Parish Church.

About the Mayor of Stockton, Paul Baker,  the mayor is a huge fan of CPC and JF. At the end of the first half, the mayor pronounced that he thought he had died and gone to heaven!

Audience member: Your Mass in B Minor at Stockton Parish Church on March 31st, was memorable, many many thanks.

 Ben Kerslake, tenor soloist: The service and warmth we received from all sections of the choir was fantastic. Thanks for all your organisation, it all ran smoothly due to the finer details being looked after.

Carolina Krogius (mezzo soloist) I enjoyed the concert very much , it was a lovely experience to perform the B minor mass with you all! I was very thankful for the opportunity to perform this wonderful piece and to come and sing in the UK again! I think the choir and the orchestra did a wonderful job! Anne and her husband took good care of Allan and me, it really was very nice to stay at their place and to get to know them a little bit.

Jane Lomax who fixes the orchestra: All the new orchestra players (mostly Opera North)  said how lovely and friendly Cleveland was to play with - sheer delight at the coffee, tea and biscuits!  You always do us proud and are a delight to work with, I hope you know that.

 David Crookes (Making Music NE) What a splendid concert with which to end my 'official' connection with Cleveland Philharmonic Choir. It was most enjoyable - the sound of the chorus was especially good.


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Reminder of Important Dates

4 Sep
- 1st rehearsal
29 Sep
(Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Royal Grammar School Newcastle.
9 Oct - AGM
No half term break in October
3 Nov (Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Stockton Baptist Church
4 Nov
(Sunday) 1-8 - Orchestra rehearsal, Ripon venue. No choirs
9 Nov
(Friday) 7-10 - Full rehearsal for all choirs and main orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall
10 Nov
(Sat) - Britten: War Requiem , Sage Gateshead. Soloists and chamber orchestra 12-1, rehearsal for all 2-5, performance 7.30pm
11 Dec
- Alison Gill plays for rehearsal
16 Dec (Sunday) - Family Christmas Carol Concert, Rehearsal 1.30-2.30, Concert 3-4.15, St Barnabas Church. Fishburn Band, Alison Gill.

8 Jan - First rehearsal
19 Feb - Half term
6 April (Sat) - Concert. Mozart Vespers, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Mozart Requiem, Stockton Baptist Church. Katherine Broderick, Anna Huntley, Nicky Spence, Gavan Ring. Mowbray Orchestra.
9 & 16 April - Easter break.
23 April - first rehearsal
28 May - Half term
28 June (Friday) - Concert: Baltic Cruise and Homecoming, Middlesbrough Cathedral. Rehearsal 6pm, Concert 7.30.

3 Sep 2019 - first rehearsal
12 Oct - Mahler 2, Ripon Cathedral
6 Dec - Possible performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall - to be discussed.
15 Dec (tbc) - Family Christmas Carol Concert