Clifton Singers photograph

About the Clifton Singers

The choir was founded in 1972 by Ken Smith to sing unaccompanied music, especially (but not only) from the Renaissance and from Victorian England. Since 1982 it has been conducted by Nicholas Barlow, and has sung a great variety of music, as can be seen below.

Selected repertoire

Recent programmes have included:

  • French Chansons
  • English Partsongs
  • Britten - Five Flower Songs
  • Byrd - Anthems & motets
  • Copland - Four Motets
  • Debussy - 3 Chansons de Charles d'Orléans
  • Kodály - Jesus and the Traders
  • Poulenc - 4 Motets pour le Temps de Noel
  • Scheidt - Magnificat
  • and music by Barber, Duruflé, Elgar, Finzi, Grieg, Guerrero, Holst, Howells, Kodály, Liszt, Macmillan, Messiaen, Moeran, Monteverdi, Purcell etc.
  • In 2011 we gave the first performance of Bristol Landscapes, a set of three pieces composed for us by Raymond Warren.