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Cooke, Benjamin
(1734-1793)
Glee ATTB When the Noblemen and Gentlemen’s Catch Club, founded in 1761, offered valuable prizes for the…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Glee SATTB This is one of the most substantial pieces in the glee repertoire. Words and music may all be…
Atterbury, Luffman
(1735-96)
Glee ATB Here we return to a familiar topic: drinking. The association with the less reputable catch is…
Mazzinghi, Joseph
(1765-1844)
Glee TTB 1815 is the date of this composition, which sets it firmly in the midst of the growing anti-slavery…
Ives, Simon
(1600-1662)
Catch 3 voices A charming catch inviting all honest friends to join in the singing of it. Those successions of…
Bates, William
(fl. 1750-1780)
Catch 3 voices The singing of catches was never intended to be a spectator sport; it was essentially participatory,…
Boyce, William
(1711-1779)
Catch 3 voices This rejected swain makes no secret of his disgust with the object of his affections - the…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 4 voices This unusually solemn catch is an epigrammatic lament on the death of Orpheus. It's worth noting the…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 3 voices It is probably safe to say that the words "marrow bones and cleavers" have seldom been set to music,…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 3 voices This mournful elegy addressed to the cause of all our woes - a purse noticeably lacking in weight or…
Flackton, William
(1709-1798)
Catch 4 voices William Flackton was a boy chorister at Canterbury Cathedral before becoming apprenticed to one…
Boyce, William
(1711-1779)
Catch 3 voices This is a rare moment of genuine pathos in a catch, as the singers reflect on the transience of…
Blow, John
(1648/9-1708)
Catch 3 voices The collection has a number of pieces celebrating the return to health of the monarch of the day;…
Hayes, Philip
(1738-1797)
Catch 3 voices This is a catch explaining how to sing a catch.
Giardini, Felice
(1716-96)
Catch 3 voices You have to perform this piece - or perhaps read it aloud in the privacy of your own home - to…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 3 voices We may assume that Hayes wrote these words; many catch and glee composers did so, and Hayes makes a…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 3 voices Another catch by Hayes with words by 'Dr. Swift, late Dean of St. Patrick's Dublin'; this one is a…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 3 voices Every bit as intriguing as the choice of subject-matter - if anyone knows of any other musical…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 4 voices One cannot but be charmed by the comment at the head of this catch: "The first part is, in many…
Nelham, Edmund (d. 1646) Catch 3 voices The street cries of the city are quite well represented in the Canterbury Catch Club collection -…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Glee TTB Shakespeare's witches cackle around their cauldron in very eighteenth-century fashion in this, …
Nicholson Catch 3 voices This is a play on the word 'catch': Adam catches Eve by the 'furbelow' (the hem of her dress)...
Nicholson Catch 3 voices Few people appreciate just how difficult it is to learn the oboe.
Purcell, Henry
(1659-1695)
Catch 3 voices At first it seems that this catch ruefully recognises the fact that wives are not very well treated…
Purcell, Henry
(1659-1695)
Catch 3 voices Alas, Tom nine-inch measure is found wanting...
Smith, John Stafford
(1750-1836)
Catch 4 voices One is left to guess at the activity which kept poor Sally so preoccupied...
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Catch 4 voices These tiny catches capture a certain poignancy within their little form: this one marks the passing…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Catch 3 voices Exactly how the moon and woman bear similarity to one another is perhaps best not discussed in mixed…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Catch 4 voices What starts off sounding like a solemn injunction to beware the sin of pride rapidly becomes a…
Arnold, Samuel
(1740-1802)
Glee SATB "A good glee, full of life and vigour" is how this piece was described by a contemporary - and…
Hayes, William
(1706-77)
Catch 3 voices After a bibulous evening at his favourite watering-hole, Sir Toby finds it difficult to navigate…
Smith, John Stafford
(1750-1836)
Glee SSATB This is the glee which - according to Smith himself - should have won the Prize Medal in 1782. We…
Anon Catch and Glee ATB This is one of the fascinating little oddities which crop up in the Catch Club collection from time…
Horsley, William
(1774-1858)
Glee ATTBB Half a century before Camille Saint-Saens penned "Danse Macabre", William Horsley gave us this…
Baildon, Joseph
(1727-1774)
Catch 3 voices Delightful word-play is a feature of this fitting farewell to a man who has spent his life at the…
Baildon, Joseph
(1727-1774)
Catch 4 voices There's really no doubting what it is they're asking about. This is probably one of the more polite…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Glee ATB None
Goodban, Thomas Glee SATB Perhaps the most remarkably local item in the collection, this was the piece written by the Club's…
Callcott, John Wall
(1766-1821)
Glee TTB Note the date, and the instruction at the foot of the page; it seems clear that this is intended as…
Alcock, John (the younger)
(1740-91)
Glee ATBarB None
Arne, Thomas Augustine
(1710-1778)
Glee ATBarB Arne is one of the best-known names in the repertoire, and this piece is a little gem: a masterpiece…
Berg, George
(?1730s-1775)
Catch 3 vv None
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Glee ATTB It begins innocuously enough, but this delightful, short glee by the great Samuel Webbe (the Elder)…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Catch 3 voices One of the best-known 'welcome' catches. Cantuar has often begun a concert with this…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Glee ATTB A song for our times, indeed: a mournful bass solo begins, quasi-recitativo, with a heartfelt lament…
Webbe, Samuel, the Elder
(1740-1816)
Catch 4 voices This salutary tale of the hapless Thomas - woefully abused by his wife, but "too proud to take…
Stevens, Richard John Samuel
(1757-1837)
Glee SATB This song - from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Act 2:2 - has been set many times. This treatment, by…
Stevens, Richard John Samuel
(1757-1837)
Glee SSATB 1788 was the year in which Stevens wrote this delightful setting of the Shakespeare song, but he…
Purcell, Henry
(1659-1695)
Catch 4 voices Here's another catch presenting a character much beloved of catch composers: the wife whose…
Porter, Samuel
(1733-1810)
Catch & Glee ATTB One of the few pieces in the collection with a local flavour, written by a local man (Samuel Porter…