2006 Christmas Concert

Posted on Sep 11, 2006

Program

Matthias Sir Christèmas
Howells A Spotless Rose
Llewellyn In the Bleak Midwinter
Benjamin Britten Sweet Was the Song women’s chorus
arr. Gilbert Coventry Carol men’s chorus
Leighton Lulla, lulla, thou little tiny child
arr. Stephen Cleobury Joys Seven
arr. John Rutter Down in Yon Forest
arr. David Willcocks Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Chamber Choir
Walton What Cheer?
arr. John Joubert God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Intermission
Benjamin Britten Saint Nicolas

 

Britten: Saint Nicolas

Program notes by John Bawden (choirs.org.uk)

Program notes by Robert Scandrett (St. Nicholas Center)

Synopsis by Jack Goldklang (St. Nicholas Center)

Selected text (St. Nicholas Center)

Text (PDF)

Information about the real Saint Nicholas (St. Nicholas Center)

CD Recordings

Steuart Bedford, Tallis Chamber Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Naxos (1996)
(with Christ’s Nativity, Psalm 150)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)
Recording info. at CD Universe (with audio clips)

Matthew Best, Corydon Singers, Girls of Warwick University Chamber Choir, Choristers of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, English Chamber Orchestra, Hyperion (1988)
(with Hymn to Saint Cecilia)
Recording info. at Hyperion
Recording info. at CD Universe (with audio clips)

Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra, Girls’ Choir of Sir John Leman School, Boys’ Choir of Ipswich School Preparatory Department, Decca (1955)
Recording info. at Decca
Recording info. at CD Universe (with audio clips)

CD Reviews

by Kevin Sutton at Music Web (Steuart)

by David Vernier at Classics Today (Britten)

by David Vernier at Classics Today (Steuart)

Composer’s Biography

Biography by Rob Barnett (MusicWeb International)
with links to list of works, discography, articles

Grove Concise Dictionary of Music

Links to audio clips of interviews with Britten

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