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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Give the gift of a choral Christmas - the 12 Days of Christmas project

12 Days of Christmas project

You can look at the 12 Days of Christmas project in (at least) two different ways, it could be an imaginative way to keep a group of talented musicians working at a time when there few live concerts, or it could be the solution to that awkward Christmas present problem for that musical person who has everything. Or it could be both.

Three of the UK’s brightest choral ensembles, Echo Vocal Ensemble, The Gesualdo Six and The Swan Consort have got together with the Ryedale Festival to film a series of short musical films, and these are being offered as a set of 12, one each in the recipients in-box during the 12 days of Christmas - Christmas Day to Epiphany (25 December to 6 January). All filmed in the splendour of Castle Howard.

The results are eco-friendly and responsibly produced, in line with the Ryedale Festival’s sustainability commitment for 2021. And there are options for bespoke gift packages. There is also a 12 Days Composition Challenge (run via the groups’ social media) which invites aspiring composers to devise a cadence to feature in the production’s title sequence. The twelve winning entries will be recorded professionally as part of the project.

Full details from the project website, and the prices start at £12.

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