Prince Henry by Robert Peake

Saturday 11th February 2012

Buckfast Abbey

In Memoriam: Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612)

By popular request we repeated this concert from eight years ago.

Henry, son of James I, died at 18 of typhoid fever. He was admired and liked by the population as a whole and his death was a huge blow to the country. He would have been Henry IX and on his death the ill-fated reign of Charles I became the heir apparent.

The concert traced his short life and times through music, together with a re-creation of his funeral in Westminster Abbey on 7th December 1612.


  • Gibbons – Drop, drop slow tears
  • Morley – Funeral Sentences 1
  • Byrd – Come, to me grief for ever
  • Ravenscroft – Remember, O thou man
  • Morley – Nolo mortem peccatoris
  • Ramsey – When David heard
  • Gibbons – O Lord, in the wrath
  • Lobo – Versa est in luctum


  • Weelkes – Laboravi in gemitu
  • Padilla – Circumdederunt me dolores
  • Morley – Funeral Sentences 2
  • Weelkes – When David heard
  • Byrd – Ave verum
  • Byrd – Ne irascaris
  • Tomkins – Almighty God, fountain of all goodness
  • Final plainsong chant – Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord
Counterpoint - Requiem

Saturday 19th May 2012

Exeter Cathedral

Requiem – Mozart

Lux Aeterna – Lauridsen

Sanctus – Ola Gjeilo


David Davies (organ)

The Annual Counterpoint Bursary Fund concert for Girl and Boy Choristers.

The concert included the first South-West performance of Sanctus by Ola Gjeilo (Youtube link).


Saturday 7th July 2012, 7.30 pm

Buckfast Abbey

The Journey from Medieval to Renaissance 3

Counterpoint's third and final concert in the series The Journey from Medieval to Renaissance presents several new and rarely heard composers to a South-West audience.


  • St Anselm, Lucca c.1080 – Plainsong: Salve Regina (Hail, holy Queen)
  • Magister Petronius, Notre Dame c.1190 – Beata viscera Marie Virginis (Mary's blessed flesh)
  • Alfonso X ("El Sabio" – The Wise) Castille c.1260 – Virgen Santa Maria (Holy Virgin Mary)
  • York Mystery Plays c.1350 – 2 excerpts
  • John Dunstaple, Bedford c.1425 – Quam pulcra es (How beautiful you are)
  • Guillaume Dufay, Cambrai c.1460 – Alma redemptoris mater (Saviour's loving mother)
  • Josquin des Prez, Rome c.1490 – Ave Maria (Hail Mary)
  • John Taverner, Lincolnshire c.1520 – O Christe Jesu, pastor bone (Good shepherd, Jesus)


  • Jacob Clemens non Papa, Belgium c.1530 – Ego Flos Campi (I am the flower of the field)
  • Thomas Tallis, London/Canterbury c.1540 – O sacrum convivium (O sacred banquet)
  • John Sheppard, London c.1550 – Media Vita (In the midst of life) - a 20 minute epic!
  • William Byrd, London c.1575 – Ave verum corpus (Hail true body)
  • Orlando Gibbons, London c.1610 – O clap your hands (Psalm 47)

Saturday 13th October 2012, 7.30 pm

Buckfast Abbey

An Evening of Handel


James Bowman (countertenor)


Divertimento String Ensemble


James Bowman

  • What though I trace each herb and flower, from Solomon
  • As with rosy steps the morn advancing, from Theodora
  • O Lord, whose mercies numberless, from Saul
  • Father of heaven, from Judas Maccabaeus


  • Messiah – excerpts
  • My Heart is Inditing (Coronation Anthem)
  • Zadok the Priest
  James Bowman - countertenor

Saturday 15th December 2012

Buckfast Abbey

Abbey Carol Service

with carols sung by




Friday 21st December 2012

Chulmleigh Parish Church

The Christmas Story - Carol Concert

Counterpoint performed the majority of their 2012 Christmas CD Gaudete, interspersed with readings:

  • E'en so Lord Jesus, quickly come
  • Quem pastores laudavere
  • Ding dong merrily on high
  • In dulci jubilo
  • There is no rose of such virtue
  • Reading
  • Lux aurumque
  • Infant holy, infant lowly
  • The Three Kings
  • Lully, lulla, thou little tiny Child


  • The Coventry Carol
  • Away in a manger
  • The Infant King
  • Jesus Christ the apple tree
  • Up good Christen folk and listen
  • Reading
  • Silent night
  • I wander as I wonder
  • O little one sweet
  • Gaudete