Christmas Baroque

MagnificatFrancesco Durante (attrib. Pergolesi)
Quid petis, o fili – Richard Pygott
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungenMichael Praetorius
Angelus ad pastores aitJan P. Sweelinck
Hodie Christus natus est (a 8)Giovanni Gabrieli
In dulci jubiloSamuel Scheidt
Das neugeborne Kindelein – Dietrich Buxtehude

INTERVAL

Joy to the worldLowell Mason, after Handel
O little one sweetJ.S. Bach
Adeste fidelesarr. Jackman
Hark! the herald angels sing
The three kingsPeter Cornelius
Jul, jul, strålande julGustaf Nordqvist
O little town of Bethlehem
Fantasia on Christmas carolsRalph Vaughan Williams

 

In this year’s seasonal offering, EBC puts its best Baroque foot forward: Durante’s Magnificat, a Christmas cantata by Bach’s boyhood hero, Buxtehude, and a sparkling setting of In Dulci Jubilo by Scheidt all feature accompaniment by a specially invited string group. Further festive fayre includes music by Sweelinck, Gabrieli, Praetorius
and Bach.

More familiar second-half items include carols for everyone to sing. Our stirring finale is Vaughan Williams’s much-loved Fantasia, for which EBC is delighted to welcome back baritone soloist Bruce Russell.

Mulled wine and mince pies are also on the menu – Christmas starts here!

English Baroque Choir

 

 

The English Baroque Choir is one of the finest amateur choirs you will find in London.

We perform a wide range of repertoire, from the 15th century right through to the present day, in intelligent, well-structured concert programmes.

We recently performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St John’s Smith Square, with our patron, Dame Emma Kirkby as soloist, and in March 2018 we are proud to have two King’s Singers providing solo voices for Bach’s B-Minor Mass.

In 2013 the choir commissioned a new work, Psalm-Cantata by John McCabe CBE, and proudly gave the premiere performance in St John’s Smith Square.