Christmas Eve

Rehearsing Ola Gjeilo's 'Serenity' (O magnum mysterium) for our 6pm Christmas Eve Service of Lessons of Carols, when we will be joined by Kim Worley playing the soaring cello solo over the top!

John Tavener

At our Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols (6pm) we’ll be singing John Tavener’s ‘God is with us,’ his stunning evocation of the mystery of the incarnation, with the majestic baritone solo ‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light’ sung by Andrew Turner. John Tavener (1944-2013) is one of the... Continue Reading →

Ešenvalds Magnificat

Here is the opening of the Ešenvalds Magnificat from our rehearsal last night. We’ll be singing it at our Advent 4 service on Sunday 19 December at 11am, along with Rachmaninoff’s ‘Bogoroditse Devo’, his setting of the Russian Orthodox ‘Hail Mary’. This year Advent 4 is Mary’s Sunday.

Ola Gjeilo: Serenity

We’ll be singing this piece at our 6pm Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols Service. It is a setting of the Christmas responsorium ‘O magnum mysterium’ for choir and solo cello by Ola Gjeilo, who named it ‘Serenity’. Kim Worley will be playing the cello for us. The work featured in the 2015 ‘Carols from Kings’,... Continue Reading →

John Rutter

We’ll be singing John Rutter’s arrangement of the Sans Day Carol (‘Now the holly bears a berry’) at our Christmas Day service at 9:30am. Rutter (b. 1945) probably needs no introduction: for many decades no Christmas services was complete without at least one carol by him. Rutter has a knack for writing catchy melodies with... Continue Reading →

Carl Rütti

In the second post looking at some of the contemporary composers whose works we’ll be singing in our Advent and Christmas services, we take a quick look at Carl Rütti (b. 1949). Rütti graduated in organ and piano performance from the Zürich Conservatorium in his native Switzerland, but it was a year of further studies... Continue Reading →

Magnificat: Ēriks Ešenvalds

At our Advent 4 service this year (11am, December 19) we’ll be singing a Magnificat, as this is set in the lectionary for this day (Luke 1:46-55). While we’ve sung many Magnificats at our Evensongs throughout the year, on this occasion we’ll be singing a new setting, by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977). Ešenvalds... Continue Reading →

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