Malcolm Arnold: Song of Simeon
Francis Poulenc: Four Christmas Motets
Benjamin Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin
Tarik O’Regan: Bring rest, sweet dreaming child
Franz Gruber arr. Jonathan Rathbone: Silent Night
Michael Praetorius: In dulci jubilo
Traditional carols arranged by David Willcocks
The Elysian Singers are delighted to return with their Winter Wonderland 2021. In the first half we celebrate the centenary of the great English composer Malcolm Arnold, with his rarely heard but beautiful ‘Song of Simeon’: a Nativity Masque for choir and orchestra, by turns deeply moving and frankly hilarious. The second half will return to more traditional fare: classic Christmas works by Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten and interspersed with arrangements of well-loved carols from over 400 years, including opportunities for the audience to raise their voices to the accompaniment of full brass! A retiring collection will be made once again for the choir’s chosen charities: War Child and Tommy’s.