Christmas is probably the time of year that has most music written especially for it in both sacred and secular styles. Some , while appearing to be secular, actually has hidden religious symbolism in the words.
The principal work in this concert is JS Bach’s exciting setting of the Magnificat - the words Mary spoke to her cousin Elizabeth about the coming birth of her child, the Son of God. In complete contrast is Bob Chilcott’s amusing setting of the folk carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. One of our choir members, Mark Harrison, is himself a talented composer and we will be performing choral sections from his Christmas cantata, Jubilate Natale.
Of course these days no Christmas would be complete without something by John Rutter and we will sing his Candlelight Carol and a selection of other carols written specifically as choral rather than congregational carols, including Will Todd’s achingly beautiful My Lord has come and Howard Skempton’s lovely setting of the Mediaeval poem There is no rose.
We are joined by the Richmondshire Orchestra for this concert so, to ensure room for everyone, we will be in Richmond School.