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
Image © Can Stock Photo / Konstanttin
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!