Papagena choral accapella Portaferry livestream June 2021
Sat 19 Jun

MusicPapagena: Nuns and Roses - Livestream

Five heavenly voices sing medieval, classical, folk and contemporary a cappella.

Papagena - no props, microphones or gimmicks, just five stunning female voices whose members have worked with the UK’s leading ensembles including The Sixteen and Tenebrae. Weaving together classical music, medieval chants, folk and contemporary ballads and new commissions from around the world, Papagena’s refreshing programming defies pigeonholing. The group has performed throughout the UK, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and Scala Radio, and since 2017 has released three albums: Nuns and Roses; The Darkest Midnight (SOMM Recordings); and Hush! (SOMM Recordings).

Papagena’s programme ranges from 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen to Imogen Heap, from Russian Orthodox hymnody and lilting Celtic ballads to Norwegian lullabies. Throw into the mix Purcell, Scarlatti, Ravel, contemporary folk, a comedic new commission and the group’s cover of Sweet Child of Mine and you have Nuns and Roses, something for everyone!

This concert is kindly sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

About Papagena

Papagena choral a cappella Portaferry June 2021

Sopranos: Abbi Temple, Elizabeth Drury, Suzzie Vango
Altos: Suzie Purkis, Sarah Tenant-Flowers
Papagena is a rarity, an all-female consort of five professional singers set up to explore music from medieval times to the present day written specifically for female voices. The group’s programming defies pigeonholing; drawing richly on traditional folk music and women’s working songs from around the world, Papagena juxtaposes these pieces with more classical repertoire from Hildegard of Bingen to Katy Perry, as well as writing its own material and commissioning from an eclectic range of composers including Errollyn Wallen, Oliver Tarney and Jim Clements. Medieval, classical, folk and contemporary music is interwoven into intriguing programmes which fascinate diverse audiences and the group also undertakes education projects involving both school and adult voices.
Formally launched in 2015, the group has performed at numerous festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Brandenburg Choral Festival (London), the Shropshire Music Trust, Music at Christchurch Priory Festival, Sandstone Ridge, Nottingham Cathedral and Bromsgrove Festivals and the 2019 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. Papagena has devised programmes and performed with the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and has toured extensively throughout the UK.
Papagena’s first album, Nuns and Roses, was produced and released under its own label in 2017. Its second album The Darkest Midnight was released in November 2018 under the SOMM record label and reached No 6 in the classical charts as well as the No 1 classical download position. It was selected as Recording of the Month in December 2018 by Music Web International. Its third album Hush! was released on the SOMM label in March 2020 and received stunning reviews in all major journals including Gramophone.
Papagena made its BBC debut in 2018, singing live during the International Women’s Day concert on Radio 3. Since then the group has given two further live performances on the BBC, on both In Tune (Radio 3) and Woman’s Hour (Radio 4) and appears regularly on Scala Radio. In 2018 Papagena was also selected to be one of Making Music’s coveted Selected Artists for the 2019/2020 season. 
Forthcoming projects include further recordings and touring collaborations with the Orchestra of the Swan, world premiere performances of two Stabat Maters by Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605) and John Duggan (b.1963) respectively, and the launch of Papagena’s new programme Still Moving in autumn 2021, together with a series of video and podcast projects also launched this year.
For more information, visit:   @Papagenasingers

an exhilarating, unworked sound…leaves you marvelling. Certain well-established, all-male groups could learn a thing or two from these fine musicians

Alexander Coghlan, Gramophone Magazine May 2020

crème de la crème in the crowded a cappella space

Edinburgh Festival 2018

voices of considerable bloom, enviable pitching, impeccable diction and a real sense of fun…think a young Hilliard Ensemble

Prickle Arts, Edinburgh

…went down a storm…the extraordinary voices of Papagena

Sarah Walker, BBC Radio 3

you will be, as I was, instantly hooked by the bewitching sound of Papagena

Music Web International


Hamisha Asar:                                                Flory Jagoda (b.1926) arr Suzzie Vango                      
O Virtus Sapientiae                                         Hildegard of Bingen (ca1098-1179)                            
Otche Nash                                                     Nikolai Kedrov (1871-1940)                                        
O Jesulein Zart                                                Winnie Brückner                                                         
Sub O Salcie                                                   Romanian  arr Ayanna Woods                                    
The Flower                                                      Alec Roth (b.1948)                                                      
The Snow it Melts                                           English trad arr Winnie Brückner                               
Lagan Love                                                     Irish trad                                                                     
Lauliku Lapsepoli                                           Veljo Tormis (1930-2017)                                           
Det Lisle Banet                                               Norwegian trad arr Tone Krohn (b. 1960)                
Toi, le Coeur de la Rose                                 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) arr Clytus Gottwald       
Sweet Child o’ Mine                                       Guns ‘n’ Roses arr Suzzie Vango                                
Cattle Call                                                       Scottish ca 19870 arr Katy Lavinia Cooper                
Music for a While                                            Henry Purcell (1659-1695) arr Gunnar Eriksson                               
Moonset                                                          Don Macdonald (b.1966)                                          
Cor Mio                                                           Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)                              
Sigh No More, Ladies                                     Jetse Bremer (b.1959)                                               
Jack’s Valentine                                              Libby Larsen (b. 1950)                                               
Hide and Seek                                                Imogen Heap (b.1977) arr S Tenant-Flowers         
Three Ways to Vacuum your House Part I      Stephen Hatfield (b.1956)                                         
The Woman’s IF                                              Jim Clements (b. 1983)                                             

Please note

Covid restrictions do not permit any audiences to attend in person at Portico so this concert will be delivered as a live streamed event on our YouTube channel. 

Tickets are £25 per household but we have added a £15 option for those who cannot afford that.

Refunds are available at any time up to 24 hours before the concert.

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Event Details

Sat 19 Jun
19:30 to 21:30

£15 / £25


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