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Format: 2014-12-19
Format: 2014-12-19
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    20 December 2014 - 6:00pm
    On Angel Wings with Michael Morpurgo and Juliet Stevenson
    Voices at the Door
    St Luke's, Chelsea London SW3 6NH
    United Kingdom

    On Angel Wings is a unique retelling of the Christmas story by Michael Morpurgo, performed by Michael Morpurgo , author of the multi award-winning War Horse and actress Juliet Stevenson, with a capella carols by Voices at the Door (Coope,Boyes and Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes). Directed by Simon Reade. The concert is in aid of the charity Farms for City Children and kindly sponsored by Cameron House School.

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    21 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Noel - A Christmas Celebration | Barts Chamber Choir
    Barts Chamber Choir, Chris Lee, Ivor Setterfield
    Hall One, Kings Place London N1 9AG
    United Kingdom
    Ding dong merrily on high
    Traditional ()
    O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles'
    Traditional ()
    In the bleak midwinter
    Harold Darke (1888-1976)
    Away in a manger
    Nigel Short (1965-)
    Once in Royal David’s City
    Traditional ()
    The Lamb, 'Little Lamb, who made thee?'
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Follow That Star
    Traditional ()
    Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
    Traditional ()
    The Three Kings
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    In dulci jubilo
    Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856)
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Traditional ()
  • 21 December 2014 - 3:30pm
    Carols at St Paul's
    Llandudno, St Paul's Church Choir
    St Paul's Church Craig-y-Don, Llandudno LL30 1UZ
    United Kingdom

    Join us for traditional carols, festive favourites and seasonal musical surprises sung by St Pauls Church Choir Llandudno and friends. Mulled wine, mince pies and seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards.

    Admission free. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

    Once in Royal David’s City
    Traditional ()
    People, look East
    Traditional French ()
    Jesus Christ the apple tree
    Richard Allain (1965-)
    It came upon the midnight clear
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    God rest ye merry, gentlemen
    Traditional ()
    O little town of Bethlehem
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Angel Gabriel
    Traditional ()
    Long ago, prophets knew
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Still, Still, Still
    Traditional German ()
    While shepherds watched their flock
    Traditional ()
    Lully, lulla, lullay
    Philip Stopford (1977-)
    O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles'
    Traditional ()
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    Celebrate Christmas with The City of Leicester Singers
    Earl Shilton Handbell Ringers, Geoffrey Clarke, Richard Archer, The City of Leicester Singers
    Church of St James the Greater Leicester LE2 1NE
    United Kingdom

    Christmas is a joyous and wonderful time, and this year The City of Leicester Singers present a selection of Christmas carols and songs emphasising the idea of joy at Christmas. The concert includes: Stephen Cleobury’s arrangement of The Joys Seven; Joy to the World arranged by John Rutter; David Willcock’s Tomorrow will be my Dancing Day; and Their Sound is Gone Out from Handel’s Messiah.

    We will also be singing an arrangement of O Holy Night, linking back to our joint concert with VISTA last year when Denise Leigh sang this beautiful piece as a solo; and the Russian Bell Carol, which is a favourite of many of our choir and we hope of you too. As usual, you the audience are invited to join us in well-known settings of several much loved carols including: O Come all ye Faithful, The First Nowell and As With Gladness Men of Old. The Earl Shilton Handbell Ringers will add to the joy and magic of the evening by performing arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, some we can all hum along to.

    Refreshments of mulled wine, fruit juice and mince pies will complete the evening, as we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

    The choir is supporting Teenage Cancer Trust at the Leicester Royal Infirmary as our chosen charity this year and their representatives will welcome donations at the concert.

    Traditional Carols
    Various ()
    Joys Seven
    Stephen Cleobury (1948-)
    Joy to the World
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    Dormi Jesu: Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral with The Saint Cecilia Singers
    Joe Laming, Jonathan Hope, Saint Cecilia Singers
    Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester GL1 2LR
    United Kingdom

    The Christmas Concert with Saint Cecilia Singers in Gloucester Cathedral is the real start of Christmas for many of the people who attend year after year. The mystery and magic of Christmas comes to life in glorious music, the communal singing of carols, and poignant readings. The glory of the cathedral, its ancient history, and its extraordinary acoustic, make this an uplifting and memorable experience.

    The Saint Cecilia Singers was founded in 1949, has a strong link with Gloucester Cathedral, and performs two or three concerts there each season. The choir also performs throughout the county. Recent tours have been to Durham Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

    The choir is a dedicated group of enthusiastic and gifted amateur and semi-professional singers. Over recent years the choir has built an enviable reputation for its versatility, innovative programming and high standards. Its extensive repertoire covers secular and sacred music from early music to contemporary works and special commissions.

    The is the first Christmas concert with the choir for its new conductor Jonathan Hope, who is also Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, and he has chosen many of his own favourites for the programme.

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
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    19 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    The Tallis Scholars - An English Renaissance Feast
    Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Our programme includes some of the greatest (and most difficult) music written in England in the 16th century. Encased by two giant settings of the Magnificat, Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices is one of his most intense compositions, though the simple beauty of his Ave verum is just as famous. However nothing written in the whole period can rival the astonishing Magnificat by Turges. Like the fan vaulting in late 15th-century buildings, the decoration in this music could go no further. It is the spectacular end of an era.

    “The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music.” The New York Times

    The sound coming from The Tallis Scholars almost surpassed the humanly possible.” The Telegraph

    Part of the 29th Annual Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

    Magnificat a 5
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    Mass for 5 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ave Dei Patris Filia
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Magnificat
    Edmund Turges (c1445-c1508)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Ensemble Plus Ultra - From Spain to Eternity
    Ensemble Plus Ultra
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    The award winning Ensemble Plus Ultra make their St John’s Smith Square debut with a programme of music from the Siglo de Oro. With works from their new album on Deutsche Grammophon, marking the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, they perform music from the Primatial Cathedral in Toledo, composed during the years El Greco lived and worked in that city, by Cristóbal de Morales, Alonso Lobo and Alonso de Tejeda.

    Ensemble Plus Ultra was formed in 2001 and has become one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Renaissance Spain. They have toured widely in Europe and North America, and their 10-disc box set of music by Tomás Luis de Victoria won the Gramophone Award for early music.

    “The sound of quiet wonder and authentic mystery.” The Boston Globe

    “A crack squad of the finest British early music singers.” Early Music Today

    “They embrace the performances with the enthusiastic sense of anything being possible.” Gramophone

    Part of the 29th Annual Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

    Missa Prudentes virgines
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Rex autem
    Alonso de Tejeda (c1540-1628)
    O Magnum Mysterium
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
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    21 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    National Youth Music Theatre - A Winter Wonderland
    The National Youth Music Theatre, The National Youth Music Theatre Orchestra
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Established in 1976 by Jeremy James Taylor, OBE, the National Youth Music Theatre’s productions have been seen throughout the UK and abroad, winning numerous accolades and awards. A commitment to new writing has seen over 40 new works commissioned and performed from writers and composers such as Alan Ayckbourn, Howard Goodall, Dougal Irvine and Richard Stilgoe. This year, with the support of Arts Council England, NYMT commissioned Brass by Benjamin Till to commemorate the Great War centenary.

    The National Youth Music Theatre represents the very best in work with young people through musical theatre, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to dub it the finest youth music theatre in the world”.

    Programme includes:

    Seasonal readings, music and staged extracts performed by

    The NYMT 2014 Company and Alumni
    The NYMT Orchestra

    “In its illustrious 37-year history – which includes a number of Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, BAFTA shortlisting for its TV adaptations and numerous international tours – it is difficult to imagine that the National Youth Music Theatre has ever been on better form.” British Theatre Guide

    Part of the 29th Annual Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

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    22 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge - Bach's B minor Mass
    Gwilym Bowen, Iestyn Davies, Katherine Watson, Neal Davies, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Layton, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge has established itself as one of the leading mixed-voice choirs in the world. In addition to singing the liturgy in the College Chapel, the Choir enjoys a programme of high-profile performances and recordings, international tours and regular broadcasts.

    After the sell-out success of its recent Festival performances, the Choir again joins forces with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, this time for the B minor Mass, one of Bach’s greatest choral works. Stephen Layton conducts and they are joined by four outstanding soloists.

    “Virtuoso is the right word. I for one can’t immediately think of any more appropriate way of describing singing of such staggering accomplishment.” BBC Music Magazine

    “Spectacular … Stephen Layton has inspired his singers to heights of magnificence.” International Record Review

    Part of the 29th Annual Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

    Mass in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    23 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Polyphony - Messiah
    Gwilym Bowen, Iestyn Davies, Katherine Watson, Neal Davies, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Polyphony, Stephen Layton
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    This year sees the 20th anniversary of the first performance of Messiah at St John’s Smith Square by Stephen Layton and Polyphony. We are immensely proud that this annual performance is considered to be one of the superlative interpretations. A formidable line-up of soloists join Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for what promises to be an exhilarating performance.

    “No-one, but no-one performs Messiah better every year than the choir Polyphony under the conductor Stephen Layton.” Evening Standard

    “Wow! Words are inadequate to convey the sheer brilliance of Polyphony and of Layton’s conducting.” Early Music Today

    “There are few finer exponents of this great oratorio than Polyphony and Stephen Layton whose annual St John’s Smith Square performances are a highlight of the season.” Classic FM Magazine

    Part of the 29th Annual Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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