A GROUP of friends united by their love of singing sacred music is due to perform at the ancient parish church of Malhamdale on the afternoon of Sunday, September 24.

Concordiamici, accompanied by Thomas Dixon and John Chapman at the organ and directed by Dr Judy Blezzard will sing Choral Evensong at the church of St Michael the Archangel in Kirkby Malham.

The music which dates from the 16th to the 20th centuries will be O Gladsome Light O Grace by Louis Bourgeois as an Introit, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A Flat by Samuel Arnold. There will also be Psalms to chants by Ouseley, Hylton-Stewart, Garrett, and Blezzard; the Preces and Responses by Thomas Tallis. Also, Nations, Give Thanks to the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn.

There will also be some well known hymns at the service of worship, which will start at 4pm and will be open to all.

Concordiamici is a group of friends, of all denominations and none, from many walks of life. They come from all over the north of England and are united by their love of singing sacred music.

Each year they sing evensong times in different locations, including at Bradford, Manchester and Wakefield, and also at numerous parish churches. This year in addition to Kirby Malham they will be singing in St John’s Menston, Newcastle Cathedral and St John the Baptist Knaresborough.