THE ACADEMY of ST OLAVE'S - 1982 to 1989

Concerts with Musical Director Christopher Liddle

Concerts 1982 - 1989

Musical Director Christopher Liddle

Christopher Liddle was appointed as Director of Music at St Olave’s Church and Musical Director for the Academy of St Olave’s in 1982.

As Director of Music, Chris continued to work with the orchestra’s founder-leader Robin Gilbert. Under Christopher Liddle’s leadership, the orchestra took part in the York Festival in 1984 and 1988 and also worked with the York Musical Society.

Sketch of St Olave’s Church from programmes in the 1980s

The details of the early concerts of The Academy of St Olave’s are currently being researched and gaps will be filled when the information becomes available. Concerts in italics are waiting to be confirmed.

CONCERT SEASON 1989

SUMMER CONCERT * Saturday 8 July 1989, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso Op.6 No. 10
MOZART: Concerto for Clarinet in A (Clarinet: Lesley Schatzberger)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 103

SPRING CONCERT * Saturday 8 April 1989, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
CROFT: The Comedy Called The Funeral
MOZART: Concerto in C for Flute and Harp K299
(Flute: Sonja Davies, Harp: Honor Wright)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 “The Eroica”

NEW YEAR CONCERT * Saturday 7 January 1989, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
GOUNOD: Petite Symphonie
BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Opus 31
(Tenor: Paul Hindmarsh, Horn: Roger Montgomery)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 92 in G major

CONCERT SEASON 1988

AUTUMN CONCERT * Saturday 17 September 1988, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
MOZART: Overture – The Magic Flute
BACH: Suite No. 3 in D
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

FESTIVAL CONCERT * Monday 20 June 1988, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
ROSSINI: Overture – The Silken Ladder
MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat K.364
(Violin: Jonathan Sparey, Viola: Carolyn Sparey)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 94 in G “The Surprise”

HAYDN: Creation * Saturday 14 May 1988

Easingwold Church – Conductor: Christopher Liddle
The Easingwold Singers
Soloists: Yvonne Seymour, David Croft, Graham Ellin

SPRING CONCERT * Saturday 26 March 1988, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings (Organ: John Scott-Whiteley)
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony in A Major “The Italian”

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT * Saturday 9 January 1988, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HANDEL: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
FINZI: Dies Natalis (Soprano: Yvonne Seymour)
BACH: Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords
(Harpsichords: Peter Seymour, Christopher Liddle)
MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A major K.201

CONCERT SEASON 1987

ST CECILIA’S DAY MORNING SERVICE * Sunday 22 November 1987, 10:30 am

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle
St Olave’s Church Choir
MOZART: Ave Verum
MOZART: Epistle Sonata in F
MOZART: Missa Brevis in C (Spatzenmesse)

AUTUMN CONCERT – Farewell to Revd. Alan Heslop * Saturday 19 September 1987, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HOLST: Saint Paul’s Suite (Conductor: Robin Gilbert)
DELIUS: On Hearing the First Cuckoo
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5

SUMMER CONCERT * Saturday 18 July 1987, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
FINZI: Romance for String Orchestra in E flat major Op 11
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major KV.219 (Soloist: Jonathan Sparey)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 101 in D major “The Clock

HANDEL: Messiah * Saturday 16 May 1987

Wheldrake Church – Conductor: Robin Gilbert
Soloists: Joanne Nattrass, Colin Wilson, Robert Wade, David Ward
In aid of Martin House Hospice

SPRING CONCERT * Saturday 21 March 1987, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
ROSSINI: Overture – Signor Bruschino
WEBER: Clarinet Concerto in F minor (Clarinet: Lesley Schatzberger)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 82

WINTER CONCERT * Saturday 10 January 1987, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HANDEL: Overture – Berenice
MOZART: Oboe Concerto in C major K.314 (Oboe: Andrew Maries)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 100 in G major

CONCERT SEASON 1986

AUTUMN CONCERT * Saturday 20 September 1986, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture Op 62
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op 67
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G minor KV 550

SUMMER CONCERT * Saturday 26 July 1986, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
Organ: Dr Francis Jackson
BOCCHERINI: Minuet
ELGAR: Serenade for Strings
ALBINONI/GIAZOTTO: Adagio in G minor
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No. 11 in A major
ARNE: Organ Concerto in B flat
PUCCINI: I Crisantemi
HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F

SUMMER CONCERT * Sunday 16 March 1986, 7:30pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HAYDN: Symphony No. 104 “London”
HANDEL: Salve Regina (Soprano: Frances Brock)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2

WINTER CONCERT * Saturday 4 January 1986, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HAYDN: Symphony No. 89 in F major
VIVALDI: Concerto for Bassoon in A minor (Soloist: Christopher Small)
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D.485

CONCERT SEASON 1985

Autumn Concert 1985 – Missing information

Summer Concert 1985 – Missing information

BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew * Palm Sunday 31 March 1985, 6:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York
York Musical Society – Conductor: Philip Moore
Academy of St Olave’s – Leader: Robin Gilbert
Christus: James Ashworth,  Evangelist: Peter Hall
Soprano: Lynne Dawson,  Mezzo Soprano: Angela Hartley
Bass: Christopher Underwood
Organ: John Scott Whiteley,  Harpsichord: Christopher Liddle

A TERCENTENARY CONCERT * Friday 15 March 1985, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No. 1
BACH: Cantata No. 84 “Ich Bin Vergnügt” (Soprano: Kate Eckersley)
BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
D SCARLATTI: Salve Regina (Soprano: Kate Eckersley)
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No. 10

Winter Concert 1985 – Missing information

CONCERT SEASON 1984

Autumn Concert 1984 – Missing information

FESTIVAL CONCERT * Monday 25 June 1984, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso in A minor Opus 6 No. 4
IRELAND: Concertino Pastorale
BACH: Suite No. 2 in B minor (Flute: Sonja Davies)
BRITTEN: Simple Symphony

Spring Concert 1984 – Missing information

Winter Concert 1984 – Missing information

CONCERT SEASON 1983

AUTUMN CONCERT * Wednesday 21 September 1983, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HANDEL: Overture to Parnasso in Festa
MOZART: Piano Concerto in B flat K.595 (Piano: Josephine Rayner)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 83 in G minor “The Hen”
The piano used in this evening’s performance was built in 1828 by George Dettner. It was restored by Roy Knowles of Bolton Percy, who also rebuilt the harpsichord used in the Handel overture.

SUMMER CONCERT * Monday 18 July 1983, 8:00pm

St Olave’s Church, York – Director: Christopher Liddle,  Leader: Robin Gilbert
HAYDN: Symphony No. 73 in D major
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No. 4
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major