The Elysian Singers with Sam Laughton: July 9th 2022


Saturday 9th July 2022 at 7pm

Dore Abbey, Abbeydore HR2 0AA

Founded by Matthew Greenall in 1986, The Elysian Singers of London, under musical director Sam Laughton, is one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs.

Making a welcome return after 3 years, their programme celebrates the Glory of the Baroque with music by Purcell, JS Bach and Vivaldi.  Further details below.


The Glory of the Baroque


Purcell                 Come, Ye Sons of Art

J S Bach                Mass in G BWV 236

Purcell                  Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes

Vivaldi                  Gloria RV589

Known for their adventurous programming and imaginative repertoire, The Elysian Singers with Sam Laughton are a leading UK choir who regularly give concerts in and around London. Priding themselves on reaching consistently high performance standards, their entry requirements are rigorous. In spite of this, they maintain a friendly and relaxed atmosphere embracing singers from all backgrounds.

They have recorded a number of enthusiastically received CDs, the latest of which is “MacMillan: One Equal Music” released in 2019 celebrating the enormous and varied contribution of Sir James MacMillan, their patron, to the choral repertoire over the last 20 years.

As a former organ scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read music, their Director Sam Laughton now juggles dual careers as a barrister and musician. He is also the Director of the Craswall Players, the Chiltern Camerata, and the Speen Festival. Much in demand as a guest conductor, working with such orchestras as the Oxford Sinfonia, Kensington Chamber Orchestra, Kew Sinfonia, Orchestra of the City, Crendon Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Camerata. In addition, as a keyboard player he has worked with the groups as varied as Oxford Philomusica, the Joyful Company of Singers, English National Opera and Garsington Opera.

After a three year break, and with an intelligent programme again directed by Sam Laughton, we have no doubt you will feel amply rewarded by their performance. Not to mention the excellent turnout they always elicit at Dore Abbey.

Additional information

Ticket Type

Season Ticket, Front Nave, Rear Nave, Restricted View, Student

Venue: Dore Abbey, Abbeydore

Venue Website:

Address: Dore Abbey, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, HR2 0AA, United Kingdom

Description: A Brief History

A photo of the screen at Dore Abbey venue for Concerts for Craswall summer concerts
The Screen Dore Abbey

The Abbey was founded in 1147 by French Cistercian Monks from Morimond. The construction of the present stone buildings in the ‘new’ Early English style started in 1175 and was consecrated in 1280.

Having avoided being razed by Owen Glendower in 1405, the Abbey was suppressed (dissolved) by Henry VIII in 1537 and the buildings sold to John Scudamore. All the monastic buildings, the nave and roof of the Abbey were dismantled and the stone sold by Scudamore. All that remained (i.e. the present Abbey) was left as a roofless ruin until c1630.

John Scudamore’s great-great-grandson (John Viscount Scudamore) had no male heir, all his sons having died at birth or soon after. Archbishop Laud suggested that his ancestor had perhaps overdone the commercial benefits of the dissolution and that he should “consider his conscience”. Restoring the ruins into a Parish Church was deemed an appropriate penance and the rebuilt church was re-consecrated in 1634. Subsequently, Scudamore’s wife had a son who survived !

Laud had considerable influence on the restored church. The Screen through which the raised altar can be seen by the congregation was one of his innovations. His coat of arms together with those of Lord Scudamore and Charles I are on the Screen.

The church was further restored, first around 1700 when the wall paintings were created, and later around 1900 when the church was ‘shrunk’ into what had been the presbytery. The Church you see today has been little altered since the 1900 rearrangement.

Today The Abbey enjoys regular Church services, has a fine organ and a peal of 6 bells. It is also the venue for many concerts and local community activities, including Concerts for Craswall.