'FROM ADVENT TO CHRISTMAS WITH SARUM SIX'

Friday 10th December, 2021

7.30pm

Stephen Abbott – counter-tenor

Crispin Morton – counter-tenor

Nicholas Hawker – tenor

Morley Beswick – tenor

Alistair Watson – Bass

Richard Hooper – bass

 

PROGRAMME

 

Creator of the starry height

Veni, veni, Emmanuel

Es ist ein’ ros’ entsprungen

 

INTRODUCTION - Stephen Abbott

 

Audience carol –

‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

 

Angelus ad virginem

Gaudeter

 

INTRODUCTION - Alistair Watson

Away in a manger

Stille nacht

Maria durch

 

Audience carol –

‘Hark the Herald’

 

             * INTERVAL *

 

Audience carol –

‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’

 

INTRODUCTION - Morley Beswick

In the bleak midwinter

What child is this, lies sleeping

Rise up, shepherd, and follow

 

INTRODUCTION - Crispin Morton

A Christmas Round

Joy to the World

We wish you a merry Christmas

Away in a manger II

 

Audience carol –

‘O Come All Ye Faithful’

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A message from Stephen Abbott (counter tenor and founder member of the vocal ensemble):

 

What a difference a year (and more) makes: and what a blessing it is that we – choirs, audiences and congregations alike – can once again join together for Christmas concerts and services. Not something we should ever take for granted again. Among all the events and activities to which COVID put paid, the traditions of Christmas were among the most lamented.

 

There are few things as inclusive as singing carols, whether in church, the concert hall, church or cathedral, in the street, or in the pub. The repertoire is huge, from those carols with medieval origin, folk origin, those from the Puritan era, and the Victorian era (after all, the Victorians part re-invented and reimagined Christmas), to a magnificent supply of 20th and 21st century compositions.

 

When Christianity adopted the Yuletide, or Winter Solstice, as a celebration of Jesus’s birth, a tradition was begun: a tradition of carols that sing a lullaby to the baby Jesus, or announce the good news. We will take you on that traditional journey, from Advent to Christmas, via carols which explore different angles of the Christmas story: from the heralding of Jesus’s birth, to the nativity scene itself, via texts that explore God’s choice of Mary, of Bethlehem, the angels’ message to mankind, the shepherds’ experience, and the holy family’s search for an inn.

 

We hope to welcome to this evening’s concert, and that you enjoy listening to our selection from that vast repertoire, and to participating in the singing, too.

Wine and Soft Drinks will be available

Tickets £15 by clicking on the link below

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