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Format: 2019-12-12
Format: 2019-12-12
  • 21 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by candlelight
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness, only candles pierce the winter gloom. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music old and new, and readings to make you smile and reflect, Ex Cathedra's popular Christmas concerts are a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    Early booking is recommended.

    The concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    You are welcome to bring a cushion for your comfort.

    Listen to excerpts and buy copies of Ex Cathedra's Christmas CDs: Christmas Music by Candlelight and Joy in the morning

  • 16 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by candlelight
    Ex Cathedra Consort, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness, only candles pierce the winter gloom. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music old and new, and readings to make you smile and reflect, Ex Cathedra's popular Christmas concerts are a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

    This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    Listen to excerpts and buy copies of Ex Cathedra's Christmas CDs: Christmas Music by Candlelight and Joy in the morning

  • 21 December 2019 - 4:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: Angels, Stars and Kings - family concert
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra, Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, Jeffrey Skidmore
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    Ex Cathedra invite the whole family to share the magic of their Christmas Music by candlelight concerts. With contributions from Ex Cathedra's youth training choirs, this hour-long concert brings a selection of seasonal favourites and inspiring choral music from the evening concerts, specially curated for younger audiences.

    Come dressed as an angel, star or king.

    Particularly recommended for children aged 4-11, but all ages are welcome.

  • 14 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Anne Marie Dragosits (harpsichord)
    Anne Marie Dragosits
    St Cecilia's Hall Edinburgh EH1 1LG
    United Kingdom

    Le clavecin mythologique

    Baroque program music gathered together in which each work recounts a tale from the world of mythology, from works that seem best to resemble everything from landscape portraits to dramatic opera scenes in miniature. Music by d'Anglebert/Lully, F Couperin, Rameau, Duphly, Forqueray and Royer.

    "Anne Marie Dragosits's very theatrical interpretation succeeds in evoking this imaginary world." Resmusica

    L'Entretien des Muses
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Les satires
    François Couperin (1668-1733)
    Les Graces
    Jacques Duphly (1715-1789)
    Médée
    Jacques Duphly (1715-1789)
    La marche des scythes from Premiere livre de pièces pour clavecin
    Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c1705-1755)
    Les Silvains from Livres de clavecin, Book 1
    François Couperin (1668-1733)
    Les songes agréables d’Atys
    Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629-1691)
    Passacaille d’Armide
    Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629-1691)
    Les sourdines d’Armide
    Jean-Henri d'Anglebert (1629-1691)
    Les ombres errantes from Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin
    François Couperin (1668-1733)
    Suite No 5 in C minor 'Jupiter'
    Antoine Forqueray (1671/2-1745)
    Excerpts from Le pouvoir de l'amour, transcribed for harpsichord
    Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c1705-1755)
  • 14 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Kent Chamber Choir - music and readings for Advent and Christmas
    Alan Vincent, David Rosenthal, Kent Chamber Choir
    Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ash Sevenoaks TN15 7HD
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to return to Ash for a celebration of inspirational carols and readings from the past to the present day.
    Amongst a wide variety of seasonal songs are Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Ave maris stella (Hail, star of the sea), a setting of the 8th-century Latin hymn in praise of the Virgin Mary; Gustav Holst’s evocative In the bleak mid-winter; and Hodie Christus natus est by the Dutch Renaissance master, Jan Sweelinck. You are also invited to join us in singing traditional carols including David Willcocks’s stirring arrangement of Lo, He comes with clouds descending.
    Captivating readings by local people are interspersed with the music. They include Advent by Patric Dickinson, The magic of Christmas by Tom Krause and an extract from The diary of a nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith.
    More recently composed carols also feature, and I’m pleased to announce that two are by choir members: Sian Hall’s Child of hope and John MacKenzie’s There is no rose of such virtue.
    The evening’s entertainment concludes in fittingly exuberant style with James Whitbourn’s brilliant Alleluia jubilate.
    I warmly welcome you to join us.
    Alan Vincent – conductor

    There is no rose of such virtue
    John MacKenzie ()
    Ave Maria
    Jacques Arcadelt (c1507-1568)
    Lo! He comes with clouds descending
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
    Ave maris stella
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    A child this day is born (arranged Alan Vincent)
    Traditional ()
    Child of hope
    Sian Hall ()
    Glory to the Christ Child
    Alan Bullard (1947-)
    Now may we singen
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    Sweet was the song the Virgin sang
    Alan Vincent (1943-)
    In the bleak mid-winter
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Hodie Christus natus est
    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
    God rest you merry, gentlemen
    Traditional ()
    Hark, the herald-angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Alleluia jubilate
    James Whitbourn (1963-)
  • 13 December 2019 - 8:00pm
    Little Missenden Festival: The Carnival Band
    The Carnival Band
    St John the Baptist Church Little Missenden HP7 0RA
    United Kingdom

    Carols and Capers!

    The Carnival Band are: Andy Watts (shawm recorder, bagpipes, curtal, clarinet, melodica, vocals), Giles Lewin (violin, recorder, flute, shawm, bagpipes, vocals), Jub (double bass, vocals), Steno Vitale (acoustic and electric guitars, Renaissance cittern, mandolin, vocals)

    A Carnival Band concert is a kaleidoscope of instrumental and vocal colour, crossing continents, travelling through time, and bending the rules. The evening will rouse the spirit of Christmas in us all, with early music from the medieval happily co-existing with pieces from later times — including some of the band’s own compositions. Period instruments play alongside modern, in what one reviewer termed ‘glorious chaos’.

    Between them, the band’s musicians have a track record in folk, contemporary, classical, baroque, medieval and Arabic music. Moving effortlessly from one to another, they add a sprinkling of rock, world music and theatricality for extra flavour. Their own songs draw on this rich palette, perfectly complementing the music of earlier centuries and other cultures and bringing their repertoire right up to date.

    From the vibrant blare of shawms, bagpipes and electric guitar, to the seductive tones of Turkish clarinet and fiddle, and the enchanting delicacy of the Renaissance cittern, the Carnival Band mix and match their collection of over twenty instruments, adding vocal harmony to create an astonishing range of sounds.

    While cheerfully acknowledging its historically informed roots, the Carnival Band is happy that only in the very loosest sense can it be called an Early Music Group. Little wonder the epithet ’Henry VIII’s rock and roll band’ has been heard from time to time!

    “The purists may have been squirming — the rest of us were having too much fun to care!” York Press
    “Their cavalier attitude to medieval and renaissance music, secular carols and dance tunes, is guaranteed to lift even the dullest of spirits” Worcester Evening News.

  • 19 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Spectacular with City of Bristol Choir
    Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, David Ogden
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Bristol Ensemble and the 90-strong City of Bristol Choir join forces again to bring Christmas cheer and festivities in this Christmas Spectacular. Always a wonderfully entertaining and uplifting evening of Christmas music and readings, it was described by one audience member last year as “a glorious mix of carols, traditional and European music… fabulous!” Under the baton of the inimitable David Ogden, come and enjoy some wonderful Christmas music with choir items, audience participation and festive orchestral music.

    Festive Christmas music
    Various ()
  • 20 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Christmas Spectacular with Exultate Singers
    Bristol Ensemble, David Ogden, Exultate Singers
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Bristol Ensemble and the accomplished chamber choir join forces again to bring Christmas cheer and festivities in this Christmas Spectacular. Always a wonderfully entertaining and uplifting evening of Christmas music and readings, it was described by one audience member last year as a “fantastic Christmas show, beautiful music and great entertainment!” Under the baton of the inimitable David Ogden, come and enjoy some wonderful Christmas music with choir items, audience participation and festive orchestral music.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
  • 21 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Festive Fiesta | City of Bristol Choir with Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, David Ogden
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    There will be plenty of audience participation in this sparkling festive concert featuring all your favourite carols, Christmas choral works and orchestral pieces. Come and enjoy a brilliantly festive and fun evening under the baton of David Ogden, with City of Bristol Choir and the Bristol Ensemble, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood. One audience member last year said, “The Festive Fiesta contained everything you could possibly want from a Christmas concert. There was some moving, serious music and some great fun songs with a good amount of singalong opportunities. The Bristol Ensemble were fabulously festive too. This really marked the beginning of Christmas for me.”

    Carols for choir and audience
    Various ()
  • 22 December 2019 - 2:00pm
    Children's Christmas Carnival | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Roger Huckle
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Get Christmas off to a brilliant start with music from The Snowman, an enchanting musical tale that captures the hearts of children and adults alike. With plenty of audience participation in festive favourites, this is a seasonal delight for all the family.
    “Thank you for a lovely afternoon of Christmas happiness. Fantastic music and so many thoughtful details to make it fun for my whole family.” Audience member comment, 2018

    There is a second performance at 4pm.

    Running time 60 minutes without an interval

    The Snowman
    Howard Blake (1938-)
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