The Addison Singers' Autumn Classical Concert
What Sweeter Music - A choral delectation for the Christmas season
The Addison Singers, under the direction of their Music Director, David Wordsworth, are joined by soloists Stephanie Bodsworth (soprano), Toby Girling (baritone) and the Brandenburg Sinfonia for their Christmas concert. It takes place on Saturday 7 December 2013 at St Michael & All Angels Church, Chiswick at 7.30pm.
Music includes Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium; John Rutter – What sweeter music and Carol of the Magi; Stephen Montague – Christmas Triptych: I wonder, The Carnal & the Crane, Cantique de Noel
The Chamber Choir will sing: Britten Hymn to the Virgin; G Jackson The Christ Child; Byrd O magnum mysterium and arr Pearsall In Dulci Jubilo.
The Oratorio Choir follow this tradition by singing two John Rutter carols – the popular ‘What Sweeter Music’ and the more recent ‘Carol of the Magi’.
‘O Magnum Mysterium’ by the American master Morten Lauridsen has in a short space of time become one of the most often performed choral pieces of our time and it is fitting that having sung the piece under the guidance of the composer himself earlier this year, the Oratorio Choir repeat this piece as we get close to Christmas.
The Oratorio Choir performed Stephen Montague’s setting of the popular Christmas song ‘Cantique de Noel’ (also known as ‘O Holy Night’ ) a couple of years ago and now repeat the piece as part of a ‘Christmas Triptych’ originally imagined by the composer, that places the ‘Cantique’ as a finale to settings of two other folk inspired Christmas tunes ‘I Wonder’ and ‘The Carnel and the Crane’. These pieces together with a group of Renaissance motets and a more recent carol by Gabriel Jackson sung by the Chamber Choir make for what promises to be a truly festive occasion.
December 2, 2013