Concert in aid of the restoration of St. John’s Church

We are taking part in a concert to raise funds towards the restoration St John’s church at Lancaster Priory Church, Friday 15th June 2018 at 7.30pm.

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.

St John the Evangelist Church, on North Road in Lancaster is in trouble. It’s a jewel in Lancaster’s Georgian heritage. A concert has been organised at the Priory Church, Priory Close, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1YZ on June 15 to help raise money to preserve it. We will be performing a selection of West Gallery music and will be joined by several different great Lancaster choirs; a brilliant operatic tenor; a specially chosen organ recital and a talk by Lancaster historian Andrew White about the Church.

Tickets are £10 (£5 for children under the age of 16) and can be bought at the door or online: All proceeds will go to the The Churches Conservation Trust who look after the church.



Concert with Windborne

We are delighted to be supporting the internationally-acclaimed vocal band Windborne at the Gregson Centre at 7pm on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Windborne Old Time

Windborne were catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral. Their Indiegogo for Song on the Times, their project of singing the music of working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years for today’s struggles, raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries.

Aside from this new project, Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, Windborne is able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the music Windborne sing, they will be holding a workshop at the Gregson Centre in the afternoon of the concert: 3pm-5.30pm, Sunday 6th May.

Workshop / concert info

Workshop: 3.00-5.30pm; Concert: 7pm, The Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster, LA1 3PY. Entry: Workshop £15, Concert £8. Combined price for both events: £20
Telephone for info: Paul Guppy, 01524 68621 (work), 01524 32062 (home)

Visit Windborne’s website:



Concert in aid of Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team

8.00pm Friday 18th May 2018

United Reformed Church, Croston Road, Garstang, PR3 1FL. £5 ticket at the door including refreshments.

Concert proceeds to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team which provides such outstanding support and assistance in open country, especially in the hills where much of the choir’s music was first sung.

Download the poster: GSS Concert Garstang 2018


Annual Christmas Concert at the Friends’ Meeting House, Lancaster

7.30pm, Sunday 18th December 2016.

Our final concert of the year is in what seems to be our new home of The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX. Our String Trio will accompany us and our guest artists are the virtuosic Lancaster musicians Bazzer’s Jazzers.

Entry, payable on the door: £6.


The Friends’ Meeting House, Lancaster. Photo by Clem Rutter.

Singing Workshop at The Gregson Centre, Lancaster

Saturday 10th December – 11am to 4.30pm

A singing workshop run by Paul Guppy (Director of The Gladly Solemn Sound). He will be leading a workshop of West Gallery carols in the Olive Room at the Gregson Community Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY. Come along and sing with several of our choir members.

Entry £10.00 (including music).

(Please let us know if you intend to come to this event, to give us an idea of how many music copies we’ll need. Contact Us here).

Christmas Concert at the Shepherd’s Church, Abbeystead, Lancaster

8pm, Thursday 15th December 2016

We will be holding our traditional Christmas Concert at the Shepherds Church, Over Wyresdale, (Abbeystead, near Lancaster), Lancashire on Thursday 15th December 2016, 8pm.

Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection. For further information, contact Stephen Crossland on 01524 792205


The Shepherd’s Church, Over Wyresdale. Photo by Rebecca Moon.


Concert with the Millennium Choir at St John’s Church, Lancaster, 27th September 2014


The Gladly Solemn Sound will be holding a joint concert with fellow Lancaster group the Millennium Choir at St John’s Church, North Road, Lancaster, on Saturday 27th September 2014, starting at 7.30pm. The concert is being held in aid of St. John’s Church, with all proceeds going towards its upkeep.

Admission is £5 and tickets are available on the door, or by contacting Paul Guppy on 01524 68621

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.