The Sixteen at Christmas

The Sixteen’s 2017 Christmas programme is a beautifully festive collection of music from the 16th century right up to the present day. We continue our exploration of Poulenc’s work with his joyful Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel, an uplifting celebration of the events of the Christmas story, and revisit his solemn and reflective Un soir de neige, one of the highlights of our 2017 Choral Pilgrimage. If you are a fan of the more traditional, you can find such delights as Howells’ A Spotless Rose, and old favourites the Somerset Carol and Past Three O Clock.

Performers

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor

Programme

Alan Bullard Glory to the Christ Child
John Joubert There is no rose
Traditional Old Basque I saw a maiden
John Rutter There is aflower
Traditional Christmas Eve (The Lord at first did Adam make)
Costeley Allons, gay bergeres
Lassus La nuit froide et sombre
Traditional French (arr. Kitson) Quelle est cette odeur
Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel
Kim Porter Christmas Eve
Traditional Old Basque The Infant King
Howells A spotless rose
Traditional Somerset Carol
Poulenc Un soir de neige
Traditional Past three o clock
Palestrina O magnum mysterium
Quen vidistis pastores?
Videntes stellam
Hodie Christus natus est
Bob Chilcott Pilgrim Jesus

‘festive wonder, colour and pianissimo chill’ The Guardian****

Tour dates and locations

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The Sixteen at Christmas