Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega
Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega

Christmas Celebration from King’s College, Cambridge

Part of A Boy Was Born and The Traditional Christmas

Tuesday 26 November 2013

Symphony Hall

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Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances Andrew Kennedy is unable to perform at this concert. He will be replaced by Ben Johnson.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge return to Symphony Hall after last season’s sold out performance of Messiah. Holding a treasured place in the English choral tradition, under their long-serving music director Stephen Cleobury, they’re the ideal interpreters of Britten’s choral music. As the festive season draws close, Britten’s cantata Saint Nicolas is a life-affirming complement to traditional Yuletide music, and the joyous Ceremony of Carols never fails to enchant. A vibrant conclusion to our Britten centenary year.

Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert:

Britten was able to turn his composing hand brilliantly to just about any genre – including choral music where he delighted in writing for communities and amateurs musicians. And never more was this true than with St Nicolas, a heart-felt, touching work telling the story of the original Santa Claus. You may be called upon to join in, but fear not. It’s what Britten wanted!

Choir of King’s College Cambridge
Britten Sinfonia
Stephen Cleobury conductor
Ben Johnson tenor
Lucy Wakeford harp
West London Free School Choir

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten 8’
Britten A Ceremony of Carols 23’
Tavener The Lamb 4’
Britten Saint Nicolas 50’

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Choir not available.


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