Monday 9 November 2020

Voces8's Live from London festival returns with live-streamed concerts for Advent and Christmas

Voces8's Live from London - Christmas

Voces8's Live from London festival presented a series of live-streamed recital's by major choirs and vocal ensembles this Summer. The festival is returning, as Live from London - Christmas, in a new edition for the Advent and Christmas period, again with a stunning line-up of ensembles performing live. There will be concerts throughout the Advent and Christmas period, not only experienced ensembles but a young artists programme as well.

During Advent there will be concerts from Voces8 (whose guests will include violinist Rachel Podger), Apollo5, the Tallis Scholars, Take 6, the London Adventist Chorale, the Irish ensemble ANÚNA (directed by composer Michael McGlynn), the German vocal ensemble Amarcord, American choir The Aeolians and the choir of Westminster Abbey whose Christmas concert will be part of the festival. I Fagiolini will perform on Christmas Eve in a programme which includes Herbert Howells' four carol-anthems and Charpentier's iconic Messe de Minuit for voices, strings and flutes, itself a feast of Baroque carols.

A particular highlight will be the concerts from 25 December to 6 January 2021 when Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli Consort & Players will be performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The work was written as a sequence of linked cantatas, each to be performed on a particular feast during Christmas and Gabrieli will be performing each cantata on the day for which it was written. Soloists will include Carolyn Sampson, Anna Dennis, Helen Charlston, Tim Mead, Jeremy Budd, Hugo Hymas, Roderick Williams and Ashley Riches, and each concert will feature a chorale sung by youn students from Gabrieli Roar.

There will also be a number of Young Performer Spotlights during the festival with performances from Gabrieli Roar, VOCES8 Scholars, Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, VERSA, National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, Voices of Singapore Children's Choir and German Gents.

As with the original Live From London, this new festival has been designed to raise money for artists, venues and promoters to cover their COVID-19 losses, and to reunite the world's many singers, and audiences with much-needed live concerts over the usually busy festive period. The original Live From London festival has so far sold over 40,000 tickets across the globe.

 Full information from the Voces8 Foundation website.


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