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Our Previous Concerts

Here is a partial listing of our previous concerts

Saturday 25th Nov 2023, 7:30pm

St Barnabas Church

Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS56JR

"A Concert of French Treasures"

Fauré, Poulenc, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns


Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Megan Moffit: soprano

Ben Noble: baritone

Organist: Andrew Christer

Cello: Jermy Harbottle

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Duruflé: Requiem

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Saint-Saëns: The Swan (Jeremy Harbottle - cello)
Poulenc: Gloria


Saturday 24th June 2023, 7:30pm

St Hilda's Church, 

Hartlepool Headland, TS240PW

"Sail the Seven Seas"

A concert with lots of variety to mark the return of the Tall Ships to Hartlepool.

Cleveland Philharmonic Choirs

Megan Hill (soprano)

Boris Baros (baritone)

Accompanist: Andrew Christer

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Saturday 25 March 2023


Stockton Baptist Church


Handel: Messiah, parts 2 & 3


Cleveland Philharmonic Choir


Megan Hill (sop)

Rosie McMurrow (mezzo)

Benedict Munden (tenor)

Alex Li (bass)

Thomas Parker (bass)

(All soloists from the Samling Institute for Young Artists)


Andrew Christer (organ)

James Corking (trumpet)

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Sunday 26 February 2023, 5:00pm

Sage, Gateshead

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir & Durham University Choral Society

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (tenor)

Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

Morgan Pearse (baritone)

The Mowbray Orchestra

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius


Saturday 19 November 2022, 7:30pm

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and Youth Choir


Alison Gill (piano)

Emma Morwood (soprano)

Edmund Danon (baritone)

Tia Radix-Callixte (mezzo-soprano)

Nathanael Thomas Atkin (tenor)


The Mowbray Orchestra

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE


Rutter: Mass of the children


Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Friday 24th June 2022 - 7:30pm

St Mary's Cathedral, Coulby Newham

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

"Songs of Life and Love"

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Austin Gunn (tenor)

Heather Jill Burns (mezzo-soprano)

Accompanist: Andrew Christer

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Opera, operetta, ballads, folk song, classics, .... and some humour!

Programme includes solos, duets and choruses:

Howells - King David

Arr. Atkinson - Ma Bonny Lad

Quilter - To Wine and Beauty

Arr. Gunn - Bonny at Morn

Verdi (La Traviata) Lunge da miei bollenti spiriti

Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance) - O False one you have deceived me

Brodsky - Be My Love

Finzi: Haste on my joys; My spirit sang all day

Elgar: My love dwelt in a northern land; The Dance

Purcell: When I am laid in earth (mezzo solo); With drooping wings

Some songs from Broadway shows

Verdi: Brindisi from La Traviata (soprano, tenor and choir)

Rhythm of life.


A programme will be available as a free, two-sided A4 sheet at the concert. You can also download it here as a PDF file for viewing or printing at home. 

However, we are also providing a fuller 9-page programme similar to that for previous Cleveland Philharmonic Choir concerts -- in colour with a front cover, full biographies of singers and musicians and information about the choir -- for reading or printing at any time before or after the concert.

Saturday 2nd April 2022 - 7:30pm

Durham Cathedral

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir & the Mowbray Orchestra

Bruckner: Mass No 2 in E Minor

Bruckner: Motets

Mozart: Wind Serenade in C Minor

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

John Forsyth - Music Director

Isaac Conroy - Assistant Music Director

The Mowbray Orchestra

Saturday 20th Nov, 2021 - 7:30pm

Stockton Baptist Church

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir & the Mowbray Orchestra

Haydn: Symphony No 49 (La Passione)

Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

John Forsyth - Chorus Master

  • Emma Morwood - soprano

  • Helen Sherman - mezzo-soprano

  • Dominic Bevan - tenor

  • Robin Crinson - bass

The Mowbray Orchestra

Thomas Neal - conductor

A Family Christmas Carol Concert

St Barnabas Church - Sunday 15th December 2019, 3:00pm

Cleveland Philharmonic Choirs

Fishburn Band

Alison Gill (piano)

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

Handel: Messiah

Middlesbrough Town Hall - Sunday 8th December 2019 - 7:00pm

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Keri Fuge - soprano

Victoria Simmonds - mezzo-soprano

Nick Pritchard - tenor

Henry Waddington - bass

The Mowbray Orchestra

John Forsyth MBE - Conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - "Resurrection"

Ripon Cathedral - Saturday October 12th - 7:45pm

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir are delighted to have been invited, along with Darlington Choral Society, to provide the choral forces for this monumental work in a Special Gala Concert by the St Cecilia Orchestra.

Summer Concert

Friday 28th June 2019 - 7:30pm. St Mary's Cathedral, Coulby Newham

Homeward Bound! A tour of the British Isles in Song

A relaxed evening of songs from around the British Isles - lighter music, beautifully sung.

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir is joined by its two young choirs, with conductors Isaac Conroy and John Forsyth MBE. The amazing Andrew Christer provides the accompaniment.

  • Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

  • Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir

  • Andrew Christer (piano/organ)

Conductors: John Forsyth MBE & Isaac Conroy

Mozart & Bernstein Stockton Baptist Tabernacle - 6th April 2019

Mozart: Vespers

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Mozart: Requiem

Katherine Broderick (soprano)

Anna Huntley (mezzo)

Tyler Clarke (tenor)

Gavan Ring (baritone)

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Mowbray Orchestra

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

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

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir is proud to present this major concert in Sage Gateshead 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 choral 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

Leader: Iona Brown


John Forsyth MBE

Gary Matthewman

Daniel Cook

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

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.


Emma Morwood - Soprano

Carolina Krogius - Mezzo

Joseph Doody - Tenor

Philip Smith - Baritone

Andrew Christer - Organ

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.

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

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

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 (piano/organ)

Chris Griksaitis (tenor)

Rhianne Kent and Inés Antunes (sopranos)

Conductor: John Forsyth MBE

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 Music Director.

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.

Verdi Requiem at Sage, Gateshead

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

"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

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"

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.

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

America! - 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

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

Family Christmas Concert - 21st December 2014

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

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

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

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)



Rutter: Requiem

Clare Tunney (soprano), Ben Craw (baritone)

The Gentlemen of St Peter’s Choir

Stockton Parish Church. Sat 12th April 2014

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)

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) 

"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!   

29th June 2013 - 7:30pm

Middlesbrough Town Hall:

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

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

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

Concert in November 2012

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

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

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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