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A Time There Was...


Friday 18th December

Upper Chapel

Time present, and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future,

And time future contained in time past.  

           - Burnt Norton  T S Eliot    

Our programme takes us on a cosmopolitan Grand Christmas ‘time-shift’ Tour  - yet it keeps a comforting welcome in the shires here at home. Expect a charged atmosphere with Dickensian resonances shifting between:​


Christmas traditions past............


Traditional carols and frolicking folk inspired music, some with a ‘twist’ offering new arrangements ranging from Renaissance polyphony , a London Waits medley, Spanish dance rhythm and a ‘Sheffield’ carol.


Celebrating  Christmas present ................


Howells (not the Carol-Anthems), Warlock and a journey to Denmark with Niels Gade and to Estonia with Veljo Tormis – a favourite composer of the choir throughout this last year.


Premonitions of Christmases future...........


Shiny new composing talent set to become embedded in our Christmas choral tradition – Expressive, atmospheric and dramatic contemporary carols, including Matthew Martin, Will Todd, Jonathan Dove and Francis Pott.


The  VIVA VOCE PLAYERS ,drawn from the choir, with guest artist – Violinist, Ralph Dawson accompany some numbers and present Christmas offerings by Schoenberg, Finzi and Liszt.


All topped off with ‘cool’ Christmas a cappella crooning from across the Atlantic. So......’Let it snow!’ and come ‘back to the future’ with VIVA VOCE and share in our Advent revelry & celebration.


Performed for your delectation in the awesome acoustic of the Upper Chapel our favourite venue - fit for gallery carols and resplendent renaissance polyphony alike.


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