Harp and Choir Concert
St Chad's Cathedral
This event is also being live-streamed. Free tickets can be booked here. a link to view the stream will be emailed to bookers ahead of the start time.
Rutter Dancing Day
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella – arr. R. Isaac Boulter
Ecce, quod natura – anonymous, MS Arch. Selden B. 26
The Cherry Tree Carol – arr. R. Isaac Boulter
Britten A Ceremony of Carols
R. Isaac Boulter conductor
Stien De Neef harp
Women’s choir from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Come along and celebrate Christmas (very) early this year with an exciting programme for women’s choir accompanied on harp.
Benjamin Britten was the first composer to write a work for upper voices with harp accompaniment, known by the name “A Ceremony of Carols”. Harp accompaniment was rather unusual at the time, yet the work became a magnificent success with performances following all over the country. It has now become part of the harpists’ vital repertoire.
Three Carols features the French carol “Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella,” the medieval carol “Ecce quod natura,” and the Appalachian Cherry Tree Carol. The sincere joy of the first, the meditative reflection of the second, and the graceful simplicity of the third together portray the intersection of the wonder of a newborn infant, the miracle of the Birth of Christ, and the humanity of the Holy Family.
Approximately thirty years after Britten’s famous “A Ceremony of Carols”, John Rutter wrote “Dancing Day” for the same ensemble. This cycle of eight traditional carols opens with a Prelude for harp solo, which leads the choir into the first carol “Angelus ad virginem”.
Please note this is a postponed Christmas Concert.