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Format: 2018-12-10
Format: 2018-12-10
  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Anthony Kraus, Bampton Classical Opera, Emma Stannard, Felix Gillingwater, Keval Shah, Nicholas Sales, Robert Winslade Anderson, Samuel Pantcheff, Xavier Hetherington
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Gian Carlo Menotti’s much-loved Christmas opera was commissioned in America by the National Broadcasting Company and was broadcast in 1951 - the first-ever opera composed specifically for television. Menotti said that it “is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood”.

    Amahl, a poor widow’s son, who can only walk with the help of a crutch, is amazed one evening to see a huge star hovering over their house. Three regally dressed strangers arrive and seek shelter for the night. For Amahl, these wondrous events lead to a miraculous healing and his own long journey to follow the star. This captivating and delightful story delivers a message of how unselfish love can work miracles.

    Bampton Classical Opera, well known for their performances of rare eighteenth-century opera, bring this magical twentieth-century classic on Sunday December 16 to the annual St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival (and also the St John’s ‘Americana’ Festival), in a new semi-staged production in costume especially aimed at families and children. This will be followed by another performance at St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire on 21 December, the annual St Beornwald’s Day concert in Bampton.

    The Mother is played by Emma Stannard, winner of the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, and the role of the boy Amahl is taken by 11-year-old Felix Gillingwater, chorister at Southwark Cathedral. The conductor is Anthony Kraus, formerly with Opera North, who is also one of the pianists in Menotti’s own exciting arrangement for two pianos. The second pianist is Keval Shah, who won the Accompanists’ Prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, when he accompanied Emma Stannard. This production is directed by Jeremy Gray.

    Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Spirit of Christmas - Milton Glee Choir / Royal Marines Association Concert Band
    Andrew Cleary, Milton Glee Choir, The Royal Marines Association Concert Band
    Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth PO1 2AB
    United Kingdom

    Portsmouth's Christmas season start here. Filled with Christmas musical treats this concert will gladden your heart and lift your spirits. Join in the carols. Come one, come all of any age and join in this festive fun.

    A Merry Little Christmas
    Goff Richards (1944 - 2011)
    O holy night
    Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)
    Shepherd's Pipe Carol
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Christmas Fantasy
    Gordon Langford (1930-2017)
    Sleigh Ride
    Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Surrey Mozart Players
    Beverley Hull, Christopher Stark, Emmanuel Bach, Surrey Mozart Players
    The Electric Theatre Guildford GU1 4SZ
    United Kingdom

    Surrey Mozart Players, under the baton of exciting young guest conductor, Christopher Stark, warmly invites you to a concert of classical and romantic music to brighten up a winter’s evening. We welcome back local violin soloist, Emmanuel Bach, to perform Bruch’s dazzling and glorious Violin Concerto – “one of the best works of the Romantic period” (Classic FM). Also on the programme are Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 4 'Italian', full of summer sunshine, and the concert opens with Haydn’s witty and elegant Symphony No 101 'Clock'

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Symphony No 101 in D, 'The Clock'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Commotio's Christmas Concert
    Commotio, Matthew Berry
    St Peter's Church Winchcombe GL54 3HL
    United Kingdom

    Oxford's contemporary voices are coming to Winchcombe, with a scintillating repertoire of seasonal choral gems. Established in 1999, Commotio exists to bring to the fore works lost to the mainstream repertoire, and works by emerging composers. This concert draws together some of Commotio's favourite seasonal works, including the title track of their best-selling 2013 CD 'Rose in the middle of winter', which according to Gramophone Magazine "will make all but the hardest hearts swell with Christmas spirit."

    Join Commotio, and Director Matthew Berry for this magnificent concert of Advent music, and perhaps one of the choir's legendary mince pies in the interval!

    This worldes joie
    Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
    Walking in the snow
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    O oriens (McDowall) from 7 Magnificat Antiphons
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    There is no rose
    Simon Preston (1938-)
    Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
    Mårten Jansson (1965-)
    The Magi's gifts
    Richard Allain (1965-)
    Lullaby baby
    Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
    Balulalow
    Edward Thomas Chapman (1902-1981)
    The rose in the middle of winter
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Noël des Flandres
    Alfred Desenclos (1912-1971)
    Love came down at Christmas
    Richard H Lloyd ()
    O radiant dawn from Strathclyde Motets
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Wexford Carol (Irish Traditional)
    Timothy Noon (1974 -)
  • 13 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach's Magnificat | London Concert Choir
    Counterpoint, Laurence Williams, London Concert Choir, Mark Chambers, Mark Forkgen, Nathan Vale, Rachel Elliott, Raphaela Papadakis
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    This concert of Baroque favourites opens with Vivaldi’s radiant Gloria, composed in around 1715 for the girls of a Venetian orphanage. After being lost for two centuries, the Gloria came to light in the 1920s and has become his most popular choral work.

    Bach’s large-scale festive setting of the Latin Magnificat was first performed in Leipzig on Christmas Day 1723. Jubilant and impressive choruses are interspersed with reflective solos. In his third orchestral suite, an overture and dances in the French style surround the slow movement, also known as 'Air on the G string.'

    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Magnificat in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 18 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Whitehall Choir Carol Concert
    Ian Tindale, Joanna Tomlinson
    St Peter's Church, Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL
    United Kingdom

    Whitehall Choir presents a festive programme of Christmas music from across 400 years. From two 16th century composers - Michael Praetorius's 'A great and mighty wonder' and Samuel Scheidt's 'A child is born in Bethlehem’ - through to 20th century favourites such as David Willcocks's arrangement of 'Deck the hall' and carols by John Tavener and Elizabeth Poston, there is something for everyone. Get in the Christmas spirit by joining in with the audience carols and enjoying a selection of Christmas poems.

    The ticket price includes a programme and refreshments after the concert. Do come and join us! Tickets are available online, or on the door from 7pm.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
    Drop down, ye heavens, from above
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
    John Gardner (1917-2011)
    The Lamb, 'Little lamb, who made thee?'
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
    Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
    There is no rose of such virtue
    John Joubert (1927-)
    Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)
    A child is born in Bethlehem
    Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
    A great and mighty wonder
    Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    Deck the hall
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
  • 15 December 2018 - 2:30pm
    Christmas Concert in aid of NSPCC
    Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Crescent School Choir, Jaguar Land Rover Band, Paul Leddington Wright, The Choristers of Coventry Cathedral
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    Coventry Cathedral Chorus is proud to present a day of concerts in association with the NSPCC Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board. A store of Christmas delights including audience participation - as always, led by Paul Leddington Wright.

    Our mattinee (2.30pm) concert has the Jaguar Land Rover Band take the stage with the chorus and choristers. For a welcome break in the Christmas shopping, come and enjoy an afternoon of festive music. Bring the kids too!

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
  • 15 December 2018 - 6:00pm
    Christmas Concert in aid of NSPCC
    Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra, Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Eastern Green Junior School Choir, Paul Leddington Wright, The Choristers of Coventry Cathedral
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    Coventry Cathedral Chorus is proud to present a day of concerts in association with the NSPCC Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board. A store of Christmas delights including audience participation - as always, led by Paul Leddington Wright.

    Our traditional evening concert (6pm) will bring a feast of yuletide music from the Coventry Cathedral Chorus, the Cathedral Choristers, Eastern Green Junior School and the Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
  • 18 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Handel's Messiah | Coventry Cathedral Chorus and Orchestra Pro Anima
    Coventry Cathedral Chorus, James Cleverton, Matthew Minter, Orchestra Pro Anima, Paul Leddington Wright, Philippa Hyde, Simon Ponsford
    Parish Church of St John the Baptist Cirencester GL7 2NX
    United Kingdom

    'The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, Hallelujah!' Handel's Messiah signals the true start to Christmas: join us for our annual performance.
    With Philippa Hyde, Simon Ponsford, Matthew Minter, James Cleverton, Orchestra Pro Anima, Coventry Cathedral Chorus and Paul Leddington Wright

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Songs of Shepherds and Angels: Morales’s Christmas Mass |The Renaissance Singers
    David Allinson, The Renaissance Singers
    St George's Church, Bloomsbury London WC1A 2SR
    United Kingdom

    Cristóbal de Morales based his lush Missa Quaeramus cum pastoribus on an immensely popular popular motet by Mouton. In reworking the original material he transformed its breezy, taut four-voice textures into larger canvasses of lush, five-part polyphony, dividing the basses throughout to create rich sonorities that culminate in a seven-fold division of forces for the Agnus Dei.

    To contrast with the Mass, we sing reduced-texture seasonal motets by Morales, along with works by his greatest Spanish successor, Victoria, and by Victoria’s successor at the Collegio Germanico in Rome, Annibale Stabile. An uplifting evening of festive polyphony that will be perfectly complemented by the mince pies and mulled wine available at the interval!

    Missa Quaeramus cum pastoribus
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Quaeramus cum pastoribus
    Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
    Salva nos, stella maris
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Quem vidistis, Pastores?
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Beata es Virgo Maria
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Quaeramus cum pastoribus
    Annibale Stabile (c1535-1595)
    Pastores loquebantur
    Annibale Stabile (c1535-1595)
    Puer natus est nobis
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    O magnum mysterium
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Missus est Gabriel
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
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