Latest News and Events of The Rudgate Singers
Home | About us | Comments | Music | Venues | Churches | Latest News | Links | Calendar

Latest News and Events updated 19th January, 2019.

Our next Major Service will be 

Choral Evensong on the eve of Quinquagesima Sunday


St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York

  At 6:00pm on Saturday 2nd March, 2019

Compline by candlelight is sung on most weekends at 9pm. 
Friday or Saturday.

Vespers occasionally. 

(Please check the calendar for details) 

Venue: St. Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York.

All welcome! 


We are looking for singers of all voices, (SATB), particularly Sopranos & Tenors to come and join us. It doesn't matter where you're from, or whether you belong to any religious denomination or none, because we sing anywhere, and in any church - within reason! The closer you are to Yorkshire & North East England, the better though, as this region is where most of our events take place. All singers will be made very welcome!

Last year, we returned to County Durham and York, the latter for our now annual Service of Readings and Carols, At Barnard Castle in 2013, we were the first choir ever (we think!) to perform Pearsall's setting of the Requiem Mass liturgically. In 2011, in addition to our 15th anniversary celebrations, we took part in what is believed to be the first Catholic Sung Mass celebrated at the High Altar of York Minster since the reign of Queen Mary Tudor - some 450+ years ago!  

In 2008 we were delighted to perform for the first time in Europe, a Mass by the very talented young American composer Jeff Ostrowski. This has attracted considerable interest, and we hope to perform other similar pieces in their correct liturgical setting. We are already in contact with some composers with a view to singing their works. It's a matter of when we can fit them into our schedule!

We now sing regular services [usually from The Divine Office] in York City Centre at St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York where we have been made to feel so welcome. We sing Compline (by candlelight) and, occasionally, Vespers there on a regular basis, mainly Friday evenings. These are usually Gregorian Chant only, but sometimes we shall sing a full choral service with polyphony. St Mary's is also the venue for our Traditional Carol Service. 

In addition to this, some of us now sing for the weekly Solemn Mass at St. Wilfrid's Church in York every Sunday at 12pm, and Vespers at 6pm, and other churches in York & throughout the North of England.

Please refer to our Calendar for regular updates.


We receive invitations to sing in venues all over the North of England. In 2012, our Schola received an invitation from a parish in the Austrian Tyrol to go and sing there. We had a wonderful time! In 2015 Members of the Schola visited Germany, and Co. Wicklow in Ireland.

We hope to take up more offers like this from abroad - and with the full choir too... Any suggestions for possible future venues for us to sing? Just email Mike Forbester( As soon as dates & venues are confirmed, you will see them here!

Mike Forbester (email: for more information or
Please fill in the form below for all your enquiries regarding
The Rudgate Singers and the Schola Cantorum

Comments or Suggestions
Your name:
Email address: *
Postal Address:
Your Comments: *