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'A Celebration of Christmas' Choral concert

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'A Celebration of Christmas' Choral concert

Time: December 14, 2019 from 7:45pm to 10pm
Location: St George's Church BR3 1AX
Street: High Street
City/Town: Beckenham
Website or Map: http://www.southlondonsingers…
Phone: 020 8656 2815
Event Type: choral, concert
Organized By: Richard Cracknell
Latest Activity: Nov 24

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Event Description

Programme including:

‘A Celebration of Christmas’:  Sir Karl Jenkins.

‘Sing’: Sir David Willcocks and Charles-Marie Widor

Tickets are £11, children 8-18 free. Available from St George’s Church Mon to Fri. 0900-1500 or by contacting 020 8656 2815 or on the door.

There is so much lovely Christmas music focussed on the religious story and on the traditions of the season! What to include and what, sadly, to omit: the Music Director’s nightmare? The South London Singers’ new Director, Nicholas Wibberley, has chosen, for his second concert with us, to delegate a part of this difficult selection job to that megastar of the current composing world, Sir Karl Jenkins. His piece ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ consists of original music and arrangements of varied carols from around the world. To this set, we have added a wide selection of music, some, we hope, of your favourites and some that may be new to you (one piece, at least will have its premiere at this concert.) We acknowledge some anniversaries by including pieces by Reginald Jacques (died 1969), Hector Berlioz (died 1869), and, of course, Sir David Willcocks (born 1919) whose ‘Sing’, which adds words to the well-loved Fifth Symphony Toccata of Widor, will be a fun, if exhausting, challenge for the choir! Ian Shaw will accompany us (if that is an adequate description given the effort needed for the Widor!) Ian is a very experienced organist and pianist including positions at Durham Cathedral and Scottish Opera.

We think we have a good coverage of the key images of the season in music from the early 17th to the late 20th centuries in modern and old English, a little Latin, a touch of German and a nod to France through Berlioz. Carol aficionados will, perhaps, guess which pieces include the Christmas keywords to tick off: manger, cradle, snow, stars, presents, shepherds, angels. Walnuts, figs and violets will present more of a challenge to predict but should be caught by those with acute hearing in the concert itself! The audience will be invited to work up to a mince pie and mulled wine by joining us in some of the familiar carols. We hope that you will enjoy the evening and depart ‘carolling in frosty air’.

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