Magnificat –Francesco Durante (attrib. Pergolesi)
Quid petis, o fili – Richard Pygott
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Michael Praetorius
Angelus ad pastores ait – Jan P. Sweelinck
Hodie Christus natus est (a 8) – Giovanni Gabrieli
In dulci jubilo – Samuel Scheidt
Das neugeborne Kindelein – Dietrich Buxtehude
Joy to the world – Lowell Mason, after Handel
O little one sweet – J.S. Bach
Adeste fideles – arr. Jackman
Hark! the herald angels sing
The three kings – Peter Cornelius
Jul, jul, strålande jul – Gustaf Nordqvist
O little town of Bethlehem
Fantasia on Christmas carols – Ralph 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
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!
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.