The Choir of King's College London, director David Trendall, performs a programme centred around Schutz's A Christmas Story. The choir is a mixed-voice ensemble and they sing weekly services in the College Chapel. (13/12). Oxford Baroque, director Jeremy Summerly, returns to the festival with a performance of Bach's Magnificat WV 243a, (complete with Christmas interpolations). The magnificat was written for Christmas Day Vespers of 1723 and the ensemble will also be performing the chant propers, hymn and polyphony which would have featured in the service (14/12).
Ex Cathedra, director Jeffrey Skidmore, are performing traditional Christmas music by candlelight (16/12). Whilst the choir of Clare College, Cambridge, director Graham Ross will be premiering a new work by John Rutter, plus Advent music by Byrd, Howells, Roderick Williams and Mendelssohn (17/12). Stephen Darlington and Christ Church Cathedral Choir perform a programme of carols (18/12). The Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips are celebrating the Virgin Mary with Victoria's Missa Gaudeamus and Ave Maria a 8 plus music by Guerrero, Bruckner and Verdelot (19/12). The Cardinall's Music, director Andrew Carwood mix old and new with music by Victoria, Palestrina, Poulenc and Tippett (his wonderful Plebs Angelica) in a programme devoted to Angels and Archangels (20/12).
The Brabant Ensemble, director Stephen Rice, bring a programme of Renaissance polyphony including music by Lassus, Cipriano da Rore, Victoria and Clemens Non Papa (21/12). Bach's Christmas Oratorio is performed by the choir of Trinity College Cambridge, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Stephen Layton, with soloists Katherine Watson, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist and Neal Davies. (22/12). The same conductor, orchestra and soloists will be joined by the choir Polyphony for their annual performance of Handel's Messiah (23/12)
Further information and tickets from the St John's Smith Square website.
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- Second view - Mozart's Magic Flute at the London Coliseum
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- Les Chevaliers de Saint Hubert in Jacques-Francois Gallay
- Britten - Canticles - Konstellation
- An encounter with the Hermes Experiment
- Britten at Temple Church
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- Diversions beyond the Snowman, an encounter with Howard Blake
- Remarkable achievement - John Sheppard sacred works - Choir of St John's College, Cambridge - CD review
- An encounter with the young conductor Harry Ogg
- Sheer Magic - Felicity Lott's farewell recital at the Wigmore Hall