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Ranging from the chant of Hildegard of Bingen to the hoovering fantasia of Stephen Hatfield, from Purcell to Katy Perry, this programme is a musical cocktail of folk, medieval classical and contemporary styles, woven into a tapestry which is both sacred and profane, tender, witty and urbane.


Cattle Call - Scottish trad. arr Katy Cooper

Veni, Veni Emmanuel - Michael John Trotta

Otche Nash - Nikolai Kedrov

Crown of Roses - P I Tchaikovsky

O Jesulein zart - Winnie Brückner

There is no Rose - English 15th century

O Virtus Sapientiae - Hildegard of Bingen

Shen Khar Venakhi - Armenian arr. Komitas

Hamisha Asar - Flory Jagoda arr. Suzzie Vango

God says Yes - Paul Carey

Lauliku Lapsepoli - Veljo Tormis

Changeling’s Lullaby - Jess Arrowsmith/Lady Maisery

Pseudo-Yoik - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

Kakwa Moma - Bulgarian Volkslied arr. Knorrn

Ca’ the Yowes - Scottish arr. M Coleridge

Lagan Love - Trad Irish

Hebridean Spinning Song - Trad arr. Mark Hewitt

Mouth Music - arr. D Keane & J Faulkner

Jack’s Valentine - Libby Larsen

Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap arr. S T-Flowers

Three Ways to Vacuum your House, Part 1 - Stephen Hatfield

Music for a While - Purcell arr. Gunnar Eriksson

Firework - Katy Perry arr. Jim Clements

Du bist die Ruh - Franz Schubert arr. J Clements

Sample Programmes


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, Caitlin Moran’s hilarious take on Rudyard Kipling’s IF and the group’s new cover of Sweet child of mine and you have Nuns and Roses II, something for everyone!


Hamisha Asar - Jagoda. arr Vango

Cor mio - Scarlatti

O Cruor sanguinis - Hildegard of Bingen

Sub o salcie - Romanian Orthodox arr Anya Woods for Trio Nightingale

O viridissima virgo ave - Duggan

Izhe Heruvimi - Chesnokov

Cattle call - Trad. Scotland. arr Cooper     

Lauliku lapsepoli - Tormis

Det lisle bånet - Krohn

When the earth stands still - Macdonald

I lie - Lang

Sweet child of mine - Guns ‘n’ Roses. arr Vango

The Woman’s IF (poem by Caitlin Moran) - Jim Clements

Sigh no more -  Bremer

Jack’s Valentine - Larsen

Hide and Seek - Heap

Music for a while - Purcell

Fusion - Macdonald


Medieval, Celtic and contemporary carols with seasonal songs.

Veni, veni Emmanuel - Trotta

Nowell, tydinges trew - English 15th century                     

Dou way Robin/Sancta Maria - English 15th century

Gaudete - Trad. arr Vango

Wexford carol - Irish trad. arr Vango

The Darkest Midnight - Irish trad.

Don oíche úd i mBeithil - Irish trad. arr Vango

Det lisle bånet - Krohn

Toi, le coeur de la rose - Ravel

Oy es dia! - Pascual. arr Tenant-Flowers

Carol of the Bells - Leontovich. arr Drury

Angelus ad virginem - 13th century English

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming/Of the Father’s love begotten - 15th/13th century chant. arr Hughes & Tenant-Flowers

Balulalow - Vango

Corpus Christi carol - Britten. arr Brückner

O Jesulein zart - German chorale. arr Brückner

In dulci jubilo - German chorale arr Culloton

When the earth stands still - Macdonald

River - Joni Mitchell. arr Clements:

The Woman’s IF (poem by Caitlin Moran) - Jim Clements

Fusion - Macdonald

Still Moving

Settings of the Stabat Mater text interlaced with musical reflections on contemporary themes of waiting, motherhood and love. Featuring seven pieces especially commissioned for or written by Papagena. This programme is usually performed in collaboration with a lutenist and organist but can be adapted to an a cappella version.


Maria, virgo virginum - Las Huelgas Codex
Surp terzoruteanc - Trad. Armenian
Iam nubes - Las Huelgas Codex
El cant dels Ocells - Trad. Catalan arr. Sarah Tenant-Flowers (Papagena commission)
Stabat mater speciosa - John Duggan (Papagena commission)
Who knows where the time goes - Sandy Deny arr. Suzzie Vango (Papagena commission)

Order & Chaos - Lady Maisery
Eine kleine Frist - Herman van Veen arr, Wishful Singing
Stabat mater dolorosa - Orazio Vecchi (Papagena commission)
Tomorrow is today - Janet Wheeler (Papagena commission)
Dolce cantavi - Caroline Shaw
Shule agra - Trad. Irish
The gallant weaver - James MacMillan arr. Sarah Tenant-Flowers (Papagena commission)
I courted a sailor - Kate Rusby arr. Suzzie Vango (Papagena commission)


(with harp)

Carols, lullabies and songs of hope, including works by Imogen Holst as well as Gustav Holst accompanied by harp, together with a cappella carols and Advent pieces from around the world, winter folk ballads, baroque motets, seasonal songs and harp solos.


Angelus ad virginem - 13th century English

Nowell, tydinges trew - 15th century English

Kinder zwÿgt - 15th century Dutch arr Wilma ten Wolde

The song of the birds - Trad Catalan arr. Sarah Tenant-Flowers

RIu, riu, chiu - Trad Spanish villancico attributed to Mateo Fletcha

Tomorrow is today - Janet Wheeler

Preludes II & III (from birds in winter) - Michael Mauldin

Dobryy vechir tobi - Trad Ukrainian arr Suzzie Vango

Carol of the bells - Mykola Leontovych arr Lizzie Drury

Don oíche úd i mBeithil - Irish trad. arr Suzzie Vango

The waiting sky - Oliver Tarney

Hymn to Vena (from Rig Veda) - Gustav Holst

The darkest midnight - Trad Irish arr Diamaid Ó Muirithe

Dime amor, qué prodigio es aquéste? - Juan de Araujo

Skinny Love - Justin Vernon arr Jim Clements

Lullaby & Shed no tear (from Welcome joy & welcome sorrow - Imogen Holst

Variations pastorales sur un vieux noël - Marcel Samuel-Rousseau

O du stille zeit - Cesar Bresgen arr Simon Wawer

Order & Chaos - Lady Maisery

In dulci jubilo - Trad German arr Matthew Culloton

Wexford carol - Irish trad. arr Suzzie Vango

I saw three ships - Trad arr Sarah Tenant-Flowers/Suzzie Vango

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