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November 2003: We performed Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude at St Peter’s Church Ightham, as part of the church's commemoration of All Soul’s Day.

December 2003: Tour to the USA. We travelled to Connecticut for a concert of a cappella music in St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Stamford.

December 2004: All-Bach concert at St Peter’s Church, Ightham. There were 8 of us for this concert and we performed the motet Komm, Jesu, komm and the cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus). We were joined by Finchcocks Baroque, directed by Steven Devine.


May 2005: We sang a sequence of madrigals from Monteverdi’s Book 4. There were three interwoven strands to the concert; Monteverdi’s madrigals, sung in Italian, some short lute pieces performed by Richard Sweeney and the texts of the madrigals read by Lucy Smith. These were not simply English translations but new poetic realisations of the Italian texts composed for the occasion by Charles Marshall.

May 2005: We travelled to Spain to perform a concert in Borja, near Zaragoza.

April 2006: St John Passion performed at St Barnabas’ Church Tunbridge Wells with 14 voices (including soloists) and Finchcocks Baroque, directed by Steven Devine.

June 2006: We returned to Spain to perform in the stunning surroundings of the Palacio de la Orden del Hospital de San Juan de Gerusalén de Ambel, near Borja, Aragón.

March 2007: Under the baton of Hilary Davan Wetton we performed music for Lent including Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm and Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien. There were two performances; at the Swiss Church in London and St Barnabas, Tunbridge Wells.

December 2007: We gave two performances, at Tonbridge School Chapel and St Barnabas' Church, Tunbridge Wells, of a candle-lit concert entitled The Glory of Advent which included organ music and readings.

May 2008: We gave a concert of baroque music in Tonbridge School Chapel entitled Welcome to all the pleasures. Together with Finchcocks Baroque, directed by Steven Devine, we performed Purcell's ode of the same name, his anthem Rejoice in the Lord Alway and Bach's cantata no 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden.

October 2008: In front of a sell-out audience in the EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, we performed a concert entitled Master-Mistress of my Passion which consisted of Shakespeare sonnets, Elizabethan lute music and madrigals. The lute music was performed by Lynda Sayce and the sonnets read by Simon Callow.

July 2009: We gave a concert of sacred music in the church of San Simeone in Monterchi, Tuscany.

December 2009: We performed a sell-out Advent concert at All Saints’ Church, Tudeley, with poetry read by Alison MacKenzie.

February 2010: We gave a concert of sacred music in the beautiful setting of the Eglise Protestante in Brussels.

October 2010: We performed a concert entitled If Music be the Food of Love. It took place in Tonbridge Parish Church, and was given as part of the first Tonbridge Arts Festival. Alison MacKenzie was the reader and David Williams played the chamber organ.

November 2010: We gave a concert entitled Sound the Trumpet at St Barnabas' Church. The music consisted of Handel's Chandos Anthem As Pants the Hart and Purcell's Come, Ye Sons of Art. The concert was conducted by Steven Devine and we were accompanied by the wonderful Finchcocks Baroque, who also performed Bach's orchestral suites nos 3 and 4.

April 2011: We performed sections of Palestrina's Missa Brevis for the Maundy Thursday service at
St Barnabas, Tunbridge Wells.

July 2011: We gave an a cappella concert entitled Love Sacred and Profane in the glorious setting of Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh in Suffolk.

November 2011: In Big School, Tonbridge School, we gave a concert entitled Songs of Love & Lust of Monteverdi madrigals (almost all from Book 5), which also featured lutenist Lynda Sayce, organist David Williams and actors Alison MacKenzie and Mansel David.

October 2012: Songs of Life and Love - A concert in memory of our very dear friend and co-founder, John Marshall, at St Peter's Upper Church, Pembury.  The programme included a collection of pieces that John particularly loved, featuring music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and English folksong tradition.

June 2013: Songs of God and Songs of Man - It was lovely to be back at All Saints' Church, Tudeley, to perform a mix of sublime sacred music, including movements from Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, Schutz, Lotti and Bruckner, alongside a second half of English folk songs and madrigals.

December 2013: A Quintus Christmas - This year we made Christmas a focal point for music and performed some of our favourite Christmas carols at St Peter's Upper Church, Pembury.  This year we also recorded a Christmas CD (which is still available to buy - click here for details!).

We have also performed numerous services which have included performances of Victoria’s Tenebrae and Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli.