Due to London moving into tier 3 at 00.01 on Wednesday 16 December, this concert has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be refunded. Audiences can watch the concert, part of A Choral Odyssey, online from 23 December at 7.30pm until 31 January.
Our programme for Christmas 2020 weaves six centuries of choral masterpieces into a stunning celebration of music written for the voice. Works from the golden age of polyphony by Byrd, Lassus and Palestrina, prefaced by haunting medieval plainsong, are presented side-by-side with music by 20th century and living composers that, like Ord’s Adam lay ybounden, have already become an unmistakable and indispensable part of sound of Advent.
We are delighted to announce that much-loved actor Simon Callow will join us for these concerts. Particularly well-known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Room with a View, Shakespeare in Love and Phantom of the Opera, Simon will narrate the popular festive poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, and a reading of Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan.
Harry Christophers conductor
Simon Callow narrator
Traditional The truth from above
Will Todd My Lord has come
Palestrina Rorate caeli
Howard Skempton Adam lay ybounden
Byrd Rorate caeli
Traditional Gabriel’s message
Narration : Nicholas Allan Jesus’ Christmas Party
Bax Mater ora filium
plainsong Veni, veni Emmanuel
Jonathan Dove I am the Day
Traditional Wexford Carol
Lassus Laetentur caeli
Ord Adam lay ybounden
Byrd Laetentur caeli
Narration: Clement Clarke Moore A Visit From St Nicholas
Leontovich Carol of the Bells
Cecilia McDowall Now may we singen