Thursday 2 November 2023

St John's Smith Square's Christmas Festival is back

St John's Smith Square's Christmas Festival is back
St John's Smith Square's Christmas Festival is back

Howard Blake's The Snowman, Salmone Rossi & A Baroque Hanukkah, Gabriel Jackson's The Christmas Story, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and more: St John's Smith Square's Christmas Festival is back next month for the 38th festival, from 9 to 23 December 2023. 

As a prelude to the festival, London Concert Choir joins Southbank Sinfonia and conductor Mark Forkgen for a programme of Schubert and Mendelssohn ending with his unfinished oratorio Christus on 8 December 2023.

Gabriel Jackson's The Christmas Story is premiered by the Choir and Girl Choristers of Merton College, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas with an instrumental ensemble using a libretto devised by Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton, and including Merton poets. (9/12/2023). There is a film screening of The Snowman with Howard Blake's score played live by Southbank Sinfonia (10/12/2023). Samuel Ali performs Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur (14/12/2023).

The Vache Baroque Singers and La Vaghezza will be celebrating the music of Salomone Rossi in A Baroque Hanukkah (13/12/2023). Other  wisitors include The Gesualdo Six (12/12/2023),  the choir of New College, Oxford (15/12/2023), the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (18/12/2023),  National Youth Music Theatre Chorus & Orchestra (16/12/2023), choir of Westminster Abbey (20/12/2023) and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (20/12/2023).

The Tallis Scholars and Peter Philips celebrate their 50th anniversary with While Shepherd's Watched (21/12/2023). Polyphone and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment come together with conductor Stephen Layton to perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio, parts 1-3 (22/12/2023) and Handel's Messiah (23/12/2023).

Full details from the St John's Smith Square website.

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