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Format: 2019-12-12
Format: 2019-12-12
  • 19 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Winter Wonderland | The Elysian Singers of London
    Mark Brafield, Sam Laughton, The Elysian Singers of London
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    Once again the Elysian Singers invite you to share a Winter Wonderland full of treasures old and new. From Renaissance polyphony to Mariah Carey, from the German romantics to Rutter and Chilcott, there is music for every taste from the deeply meditative to the downright jazzy.

    Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Virga Jesse floruit
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    A little child there is yborn
    Malcolm Archer (1952-)
    Adam lay ybounden
    Traditional ()
    Quem vidistis, pastores?
    Richard Dering (c1580-1630)
    O little town
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Riu, riu, chiu
    Mateo Flecha (1481-1553)
    A patre unigenitus
    Carl Rütti (1949-)
    In dulci jubilo
    Hieronymous Praetorius (1560-1629)
    O magnum mysterium
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Candlelight Carol
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Nesciens mater virgo virum
    Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
    Jingle Bells
    James Pierpoint (1822-1893)
    See amid the winter's snow
    Sir John Goss (1800-1880)
    All I want for Christmas is you
    Mariah Carey (1970-)
    There was a pig went out to dig
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    A Wonderful Christmastime
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Santa Baby
    Traditional ()
    When Santa got stuck up the chimney
    Jimmy Grafton ()
    The World for Christmas
    Anders Edenroth (1963-)
    We wish you a Merry Christmas
    Traditional ()
  • 12 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    The humility of the shepherds | Orlando Chamber Choir
    Lucy Goddard, Orlando Chamber Choir, William Fairbairn
    St Mary-at-Hill Church London EC3R 8EE
    United Kingdom

    Orlando Chamber Choir explores a grassroots perspective of the Christmas story, retelling it from the humble shepherds’ point of view. Intimate settings of Angelus ad pastores ait by Claudio Monteverdi and Raphaella Aleotti express the quiet contemplation and joyful exultation with which the herders receive the angel’s tidings. When a whole heavenly hosts echoes the good news in Aleotti’s Facta est cum angelo, the shepherds are left somewhat shaken but stirred into action. They hastily convene. Francisco Guerrero sets their excited conversation to music in Pastores loquebantur – never were more harmonic herders heard! – and Jean Mouton’s Quaeramus cum pastoribus draws us in further, enticing us to follow the humble herds(wo)men on their way to Bethlehem. We do, of course, and reach the manger to the sound of Cristobál de Morales’ sumptuous Missa Quaeramus cum pastoribus which, expanding on Mouton’s motet, captures the joy of the earthly birth as well as its sacred significance. Jacobus Gallus’s double-choir O magnum mysterium finally reveals the full scale of what the humble herders have witnessed: here lies the future!

    Excitement ensues in which the choir, the shepherds, our organist and (we hope) you all join in. The audience carols retrace the herders’ journey to royal David’s city where, in the bleak midwinter, a child was born. Let’s go and see this truth of love sent from above!

    Humble shepherds may be on short supply in our modern world but we can still set the sound scene for Christmas here, today. Becky McGlade’s beautifully mysterious In the bleak midwinter conveys an atmosphere of misty cold and frosty whiteness; and you can hear the snowflakes fall In the stillness of Sally Beamish’s serene musical miniature. We hope to increase the present-day relevance of our concert by donating the proceeds of our interval raffle to the New Horizon Youth Centre. The interval will be further enhanced by wine, mince pies and more exotic Christmas fare. Nowell!

    This is the truth sent from above
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Angelus ad pastores ait
    Raphaella Aleotti (c1570-1646)
    Angelus ad pastores ait
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Quaeramus cum pastoribus
    Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
    Missa Quaeramus cum pastoribus
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Pastores loquebantur
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Once in Royal David's City
    Traditional ()
    In the bleak midwinter
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    O magnum mysterium
    Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591)
    Facta est cum angelo
    Raphaella Aleotti (c1570-1646)
    In the bleak midwinter
    Becky McGlade (1974-)
    In the stillness
    Sally Beamish (1956-)
    Lo! He comes with clouds descending
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
  • 21 December 2019 - 6:00pm
    Handel's Messiah | Coventry Cathedral Chorus and Orchestra Pro Anima
    Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Greg Tassell, James Cleverton, 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, Greg Tassell, James Cleverton, Orchestra Pro Anima, Coventry Cathedral Chorus and Paul Leddington Wright

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 14 December 2019 - 6:00pm
    Christmas Concert in aid of NSPCC
    Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra, Coventry Cathedral Chorus, 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, Coventry Schools and the Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
  • 14 December 2019 - 2:30pm
    Christmas Concert in aid of NSPCC
    Coventry Cathedral Chorus, 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 ()
  • 14 December 2019 - 7:00pm
    Britten's A Ceremony of Carols
    Carys Hughes, Francesca Massey, Rochester Cathedral Choir
    Rochester Cathedral Rochester ME1 1SX
    United Kingdom

    Experience Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols in the atmospheric setting of our medieval crypt. The Rochester Cathedral Choristers, accompanied by harpist Carys Hughes, will be performing Britten’s stunning arrangements of medieval carols.

    Following the performance there will be a short drinks reception.

    Doors open 6.30pm, unreserved seating

    A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 13 December 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band present Christmas with the Band
    Bill Semple, Royal Greenwich Brass Band, Stephen Maw
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Royal Greenwich Brass Band

    Christmas with the Band

    Presenting their annual concert of carols, Christmas music and brass band classics

    The Holy City
    Stephen Adams (1844-1913)
    Why do the nations so furiously rage together? from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    The trumpet shall sound from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Carol of the bells
    Traditional ()
    O come, all ye faithful
    John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
    Mary's Boy Child
    Philip Sparke (1951-)
    Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    The First Nowell
    Traditional ()
    Masters in this hall
    Traditional ()
    A Starry Night
    Joy Webb (1932-)
    The Kingdom Triumphant
    Eric Ball (1903-1989)
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 19 December 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band present Christmas with the Band
    Bill Semple, Royal Greenwich Brass Band, Stephen Maw
    St Alfege Church, Greenwich London SE10 9BJ
    United Kingdom

    Royal Greenwich Brass Band

    Christmas with the Band

    Presenting their annual concert of carols, Christmas music and brass band classics

    The Holy City
    Stephen Adams (1844-1913)
    Why do the nations so furiously rage together? from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    The trumpet shall sound from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Carol of the bells
    Traditional ()
    O come, all ye faithful
    John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
    Mary's Boy Child
    Philip Sparke (1951-)
    Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    The First Nowell
    Traditional ()
    Masters in this hall
    Traditional ()
    A Starry Night
    Joy Webb (1932-)
    The Kingdom Triumphant
    Eric Ball (1903-1989)
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 18 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah
    Christoph Altstaedt, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Katie Bray, Natalya Romaniw, Philharmonia Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, William Thomas
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Royal Albert Hall as part of our 2019 Christmas celebrations.

    Having featured on our programme since 1871, Handel’s Messiah is a true Royal Albert Hall tradition, featuring over a hundred sublime voices and the majestic sounds of a live orchestra, combined with some very special guest vocalists.

    The magic of a full choir singing this beloved masterpiece in our iconic auditorium makes Handel’s Messiah at the Hall a Christmas concert not to be missed!

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 14 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Shepherds, Kings and the Christ Child | Leicestershire Chorale
    David Cowen, Leicestershire Chorale, Tom Williams
    Church of St James the Greater Leicester LE2 1NE
    United Kingdom

    Music for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany with Tom Williams (conductor) and David Cowen (organ)

    It is always a great pleasure to return to sing in the church of St James the Greater, with its arresting architecture and stunning acoustic. Our programme is of a slightly more esoteric and serious musical nature than that which we enjoyed bringing to the parish of Pickwell last December and will include some more contemporary compositions by Jonathan Dove, JudithWeir and Bob Chilcott, many written as commissions for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College in Cambridge. David Cowen will also get an opportunity to display his skill and experience, with organ music by Messiaen and other twentieth century French masters.

    Festive Christmas music
    Various ()
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