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Format: 2017-12-15
Format: 2017-12-15
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    22 December 2017 - 4:30pm
    Peter and the Wolf, and Father Christmas | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Brian Blessed, Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas treat for all the family! Brian Blessed will thrill you with his narration of the timeless classic Peter and the Wolf and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra, along with actors and sound effect artists, will provide the soundtrack to Raymond Briggs’s film Father Christmas – an irreverent take on the character that will have you rolling in the aisles!

    Soundtrack to the film, 'Father Christmas'
    Mike Hewer ()
    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    16 December 2017 - 5:00pm
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight
    Alexander Chance, Daniel Norman, Edward Higginbottom, Instruments of Time and Truth, Nick Mogg, Oxford Voices, Rowan Pierce
    The University Church of St Mary the Virgin Oxford OX1 4BJ
    United Kingdom

    Oxford's quintessential Christmas experience. Conducted by Edward Higginbottom, this Messiah is swift, agile and 'exemplary' according to one reviewer.

    nb this annual concert is very popular and sold out a month before the concert last year.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    20 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society Choir: Christmas Crackers
    Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Graham Jordan Ellis, Rev Richard Coles
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    Join the Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate a family Christmas of carols and seasonal music, with readings and introductions by BBC Radio 4 presenter Rev Richard Coles.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
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    21 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society Choir: Christmas Crackers
    Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Graham Jordan Ellis, Rev Richard Coles
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    Join the Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate a family Christmas of carols and seasonal music, with readings and introductions by BBC Radio 4 presenter Rev Richard Coles.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
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    15 December 2017 - 8:00pm
    O is for Advent
    Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Welsh Camerata Choir and Instrumentalists
    St Mary of the Angels, Canton Cardiff CF11 9BX
    United Kingdom

    On the eve of the last countdown to Christmas, the Welsh Camerata celebrates an ancient Christian tradition. An antiphon is sung as a prelude to the singing of the Magnificat at Vespers on each of the last 7 days of Advent. Each acclaims a name of Christ, and each text begins with ‘O’, leading to them being known collectively as the ‘O’ Antiphons or the ‘Great Os’.

    This concert compresses all seven into one evening, with the original chants followed by settings of the same words by composers from the 16th, 17th and 21st centuries. The concert culminates in Monteverdi's glorious setting of the Magnificat from 1640.

    Refreshments will be served after the concert.

    O Sapientia
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    O Adonai
    Pierre Certon (c.1510-1572)
    O Radix Jesse
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
    O Radix Jesse from Antiphonae (O Antiphons)
    Pawel Lukaszewski (1968-)
    O clavis David
    Antoine De Mornable (c1510- 1550)
    O Schlüssel Davids from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    O Oriens
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    O radiant dawn from Strathclyde Motets
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    O rex gentium
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
    O König aller Völker from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    O Emanuel
    Pierre de Manchicourt (c1510-1564)
    O Immanuel
    Andrew Wilson-Dickson ()
    Magnificat Secondo from Selva morale e spirituale
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    16 December 2017 - 7:00pm
    O is for Advent
    Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Welsh Camerata Choir and Instrumentalists
    All Saints Church, Oystermouth Swansea SA3 4BZ
    United Kingdom

    On the eve of the last countdown to Christmas, the Welsh Camerata celebrates an ancient Christian tradition. An antiphon is sung as a prelude to the singing of the Magnificat at Vespers on each of the last 7 days of Advent. Each acclaims a name of Christ, and each text begins with ‘O’, leading to them being known collectively as the ‘O’ Antiphons or the ‘Great Os’.

    This concert compresses all seven into one evening, with the original chants followed by settings of the same words by composers from the 16th, 17th and 21st centuries. The concert culminates in Monteverdi's glorious setting of the Magnificat from 1640.

    Refreshments will be served after the concert.

    O Sapientia
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    O Adonai
    Pierre Certon (c.1510-1572)
    O Radix Jesse
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
    O Radix Jesse from Antiphonae (O Antiphons)
    Pawel Lukaszewski (1968-)
    O clavis David
    Antoine De Mornable (c1510- 1550)
    O Schlüssel Davids from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    O Oriens
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    O radiant dawn from Strathclyde Motets
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    O rex gentium
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
    O König aller Völker from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    O Emanuel
    Pierre de Manchicourt (c1510-1564)
    O Immanuel
    Andrew Wilson-Dickson ()
    Magnificat Secondo from Selva morale e spirituale
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    23 December 2017 - 6:00pm
    Musica per la Notte di Natale with David Rees-Williams and Canterbury Voices
    Canterbury Voices, David Rees-Williams, Festival Chamber Orchestra, Ian Crowther
    St Peter's Methodist Church Canterbury CT1 2BE
    United Kingdom

    For the night before the night before Christmas 2017, join us for a feast of Christmas favourites with a Rees-Williams twist including Bach, Handel, and many more

    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Gabriel's Message
    Traditional Basque ()
    Bethlehem Down
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
    Gabriel's Oboe from Soundtrack to the film 'The Mission'
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Carols for oboe, flute and orchestra
    ()
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    16 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
    The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
    National Centre for Early Music York YO1 9TL
    United Kingdom

    The Longest Night: In Norway the festival of Lussinatten celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that on this night, Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work, and from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the Earth. Join us to celebrate with devilish tunes, ancient Irish, Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats.

    Ancient Irish, Norwegian and English folk carols
    Anonymous ()
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    16 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Nowell sing we: medieval, renaissance and baroque music for Christmas
    Aitone
    St Mary and St Modwen Church Burton-upon-Trent DE14 1NB
    United Kingdom

    An exciting range of less well-known music for the Christmas season from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Some of the titles may be familiar, but the music won't be quite what you're expecting...

    Refreshments will be available during the interval, together with a chance to speak to the singers about the music. There will also be a display of musical sources in facsimile including pieces featured in the concert.

    Entry to the concert is free, but donations are invited. All proceeds will be shared between the group and Friends of the Holy Land, the church's chosen cause.

    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Anonymous ()
    Adam lay ybounden
    Anonymous ()
    A Christmas Carol
    Thomas Ravenscroft (1582-1633)
    Comfort ye
    Henry Aldrich (1647-1710)
    Ecce concipies et paries
    Balthasar Resinarius (c1486-1544)
    Dixit autem Maria from Gabriel Angelus
    Melchior Vulpius (c1570-1615)
    Hayl Mary
    Anonymous ()
    While shepherds watched
    William Tans'ur (1706-1783)
    O Jesulein süss
    Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
    O Sion that bringest good tidings
    Joseph Stephenson (1723-1810)
    Verbum caro factum est
    Gaspar van Weerbeke (c.1445-after 1517)
    Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
    Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    Loco Credo: Hodie nobis Christus natus est from Missa in Nativitate Deus Noster Jesu Christe
    Loyset Compère (c1445-1518)
    From Virgin's womb
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    While shepherds watched
    Daniel Read (1757-1836)
    Angels, from the realms of glory
    Stephen Storace (1763-1796)
    Gloria from Missa Ma bouche rit
    Johannes Martini (c1440-1497)
    Magi videntes stellam
    Ludovico Balbi (1545-1604)
    Vox in Rama audita est
    Jacobus Clemens non Papa (1510-c1556)
    Nunc dimittis 'octavi toni'
    Ludwig Daser (c1526-1589)
    Noël: Sors de ton lit paré
    Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609)
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    18 December 2017 - 8:00pm
    Mediaeval Baebes - Christmas Carol Concert
    Mediaeval Baebes
    Cecil Sharp House London NW1 7AY
    United Kingdom

    Performing Christmas carol classics from their top ten album Of Kings and Angels, Alleluia the title theme to ITV's hit drama Victoria and other contemporary and traditional songs the Mediaeval Baebes will escort you through a musical journey inspired by a time where poetry and music conspired to invoke sensory pleasure.

    Harness the true spirit of Christmas and emerge your senses into a timeless treat of unique musical beauty.

    Of Kings and Angels
    ()
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