"The extraordinary voices of ensemble who went down a storm at our Maida Vale studios" - Sarah Walker, BBC Radio 3

Please scroll down to see examples of three of papagena's current programmes:

  • Nuns and Roses

  • The Darkest Midnight

  • Nuns and Roses II

nuns and roses ii

Papagena’s programme ranges from 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen to Imogen Heap, from Russian Orthodox hymnody and lilting Celtic ballads to Norwegian lullabies. Throw into the mix Purcell, Scarlatti, Caitlin Moran’s hilarious take on Rudyard Kipling’s IF and the group’s new cover of Sweet child of mine and you have Nuns and Roses II, something for everyone!

Hamisha Asar - Jagoda. arr Vango

Cor mio - Scarlatti

O Cruor sanguinis - Hildegard of Bingen

Sub o salcie - Romanian Orthodox arr by Anya Woods for Trio Nightingale

O viridissima virgo ave - Duggan

Izhe Heruvimi - Chesnokov

Cattle call - Trad. Scotland. arr Cooper     

Lauliku lapsepoli - Tormis

Det lisle bånet - Krohn

When the earth stands still - Macdonald

I lie - Lang

Sweet child of mine - Guns ‘n’ Roses. arr Vango

The Woman’s IF (poem by Caitlin Moran) - Jim Clements

Sigh no more -  Bremer

Jack’s Valentine - Larsen

Hide and Seek - Heap

Music for a while - Purcell

Fusion - Macdonald

The darkest midnight

Medieval, Celtic and contemporary carols with seasonal songs.

Veni, veni Emmanuel - Trotta

Nowell, tydinges trew - English 15th century                     

Dou way Robin/Sancta Maria - English 15th century

Gaudete - Trad. arr Vango

Wexford carol - Irish trad. arr Vango

The Darkest Midnight - Irish trad.

Don oíche úd i mBeithil - Irish trad. arr Vango

Det lisle bånet - Krohn

Toi, le coeur de la rose - Ravel

Oy es dia! - Pascual. arr Tenant-Flowers

Carol of the Bells - Leontovich. arr Drury

Angelus ad virginem - 13th century English

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming/Of the Father’s love begotten - 15th century German/13th century chant. arr Edmund Hughes & Tenant-Flowers:

Balulalow - Vango

Corpus Christi carol - Britten. arr Brückner

O Jesulein zart - German chorale. arr Brückner

In dulci jubilo - German chorale arr Culloton

When the earth stands still - Macdonald

River - Joni Mitchell. arr Clements:

The Woman’s IF (poem by Caitlin Moran) - Jim Clements

Fusion - Macdonald

Nuns and Roses

Ranging from the chant of Hildegard of Bingen to the hoovering fantasia of Stephen Hatfield, from Purcell to Katy Perry, this programme is a musical cocktail of folk, medieval classical and contemporary styles, woven into a tapestry which is both sacred and profane, tender, witty and urbane.


Cattle Call - Scottish trad. arr Katy Cooper

Veni, Veni Emmanuel - Michael John Trotta

Otche Nash - Nikolai Kedrov

Crown of Roses - P I Tchaikovsky

O Jesulein zart - Winnie Brückner

There is no Rose - English 15th century

O Virtus Sapientiae - Hildegard of Bingen

Shen Khar Venakhi - Armenian arr. Komitas

Hamisha Asar - Flory Jagoda arr. Suzzie Vango

God says Yes - Paul Carey

Lauliku Lapsepoli - Veljo Tormis

Changeling’s Lullaby - Jess Arrowsmith/Lady Maisery

Pseudo-Yoik - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

Kakwa Moma - Bulgarian Volkslied arr. Knorrn

Ca’ the Yowes - Scottish arr. M Coleridge

Lagan Love - Trad Irish

Hebridean Spinning Song - Trad arr. Mark Hewitt

Mouth Music - arr. D Keane & J Faulkner

Jack’s Valentine - Libby Larsen

Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap arr. S T-Flowers

Three Ways to Vacuum your House, Part 1 - Stephen Hatfield

Music for a While - Purcell arr. Gunnar Eriksson

Firework - Katy Perry arr. Jim Clements

Du bist die Ruh - Franz Schubert arr. J Clements

as she stood

(programme under development):

Settings of the Stabat Mater text interlaced with musical reflections on contemporary themes of waiting, motherhood and love.