Event Category: Forthcoming

Music for the Christmas season

60 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG
Tickets £20 (concessions £15). Available in advance via Eventbrite

Tavener: Ex Maria Virgine
Singh (arr.): A Christmas Love Song
Johnson (arr.): Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Weir (arr.): Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Rubino (arr.): Santa Claus is coming to town
Mattson (arr.): Away in a manger
Rubino (arr.): Hark! the herald-angels sing
Jefferson(arr.): Oh, what a wonderful child
Ward Swingle (arr.): Swingle Bells selection
Trad Ukranian arr. Roxanna Panufnik: Sleep, Jesus, Sleep

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The Elysian Singers’ popular annual Winter Wonderland concert now has a new venue: the beautiful 18th-century church of St Giles-in-the-Fields, right in the centre of London’s West End. But as usual, we shall mix the serious and the fun, the sacred and the secular, to celebrate the Christmas season with all faiths and none.
The first half will comprise a rare complete performance of ‘Ex Maria Virgine’, a Christmas Sequence for choir and organ by the choir’s former patron, Sir John Tavener. The composer has used both familiar and less well-known texts, in a wonderful variety of settings he described as ‘ecstatic, playful, contemplative and tender’.
In the second half, the choir will present a selection of popular carols, both traditional and from the American Songbook, in colourful settings that will both move the heart and lift the spirit!

Part of the York Late Music Festival

St. Saviourgate, York YO1 8NQ
Tickets £12 (concessions £10) available via the Festival

Byrd: O God give ear
Bernard Hughes: Psalm 56
Bob Chilcott: My Prayer
Caroline Shaw: And the Swallow
Byrd: Though Amaryllis dance in green
Steve Crowther: (new work)
Nick Williams: (new work)
Nicholas Maw: One Foot in Eden
Byrd: Lullaby my sweet little baby
James MacMillan: A Child’s Prayer
Matthew Martin: Lamentations
Richard Rodney Bennett: A Good-Night