English Christmas Music - Bristol Choral Society

English Christmas Music - Bristol Choral Society

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 19:30

This year we rewrite the Christmas rulebook with an English celebration of the festive season! Inspired by the bells of a Gloucestershire Christmas Eve, Finzi’s elegiac Et in terra pax is unwrapped alongside Vaughan Williams’s salute to folk carols, and Holst’s own near- contemporary ‘choral fantasy on old carols’. At the foot of the tree there’s a rarity too: Britten’s delectable harp-gilded carolling, composed at sea as he returned from America during World War II. Nothing rare there except that we’re singing a less often heard four-part arrangement. Framed by plainsong and swaddling a ravishing harp interlude, ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ bewitches and beguiles. As the opening carol commands: ‘Wolcum yole, and make good cheer’.

Christmas Scene, 'In terra pax'
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Christmas Day
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Psalm 148, 'Lord who has made us for Thine own'
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
A Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


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