Martindale Sidwell Singers/Martindale Sidwell Choir

1952 - 1992

The Martindale Sidwell Singers were formed by Martin as a fully professional choir performing regular concerts and broadcasts. They rarely numbered more than 20 singers but performed major works such as Messiah accompanied by an equally spare orchestral group. Professional sopranos were supplemented by men from the Hampstead Church choir and other professional singers, and many leading young singers of the era gained small consort experience with the ensemble.

Recordings

 
Richard Dering The Martindale Sidwell Choir, 5 and 6 part motets by Richard Dering, c.1580-1630. Paratum cor meum, Ave verum corpus, O vos omnes, O bone Jesu, Vox in rama, Ave Maria, Jesu decus angelicum, Factum est silentium. Transcribed from a cassette recording of a Radio 3 broadcast, recorded at Hampstead 1975. Some tape hiss and occasional dips in level.
A transcription of two broadcasts by the Hampstead Parish Church choir, the Martindale Sidwell choir and the Jaye Consort of viols from 1966 and 1971. Verse anthems and fantasias by Gibbons (1966) and verse anthems by Byrd, Gibbons Mundy and Viadana. Music for viols by Tye, Bull and Merulo. Transcribed from private tape recordings of variable quality. MSLCD007/010.
A transcription of two broadcasts by the Martindale Sidwell choir and the St. Clement Danes Chorale from 1972 and 1973. Anthems from Cantiones Sacrae and books 1 & 2 of the Gradualia by William Byrd (1972) and music for the season of Christmas by Weelkes, Byrd, Sweelinck, Lassus, Praetorius and Palestrina (1973). Transcribed from good quality private tape recordings. MSLCD014.
A transcription of a concert by the Martindale Sidwell choir and the Jaye Consort of viols from 1973 in support of the Fenton House appeal. Miserere mei by Allegri, behold thou hast made my days by Gibbons, Byrd - Ne irascaris, Domine - civitas sancti tui and The seven last words by Heinrich Schutz plus an extra track by the St. Clement Danes Chorale of the Malcolm Sargent arrangement of 'de virgin Mary had a baby boy'. Transcribed from good quality private tape recordings. MSLCD015.