Past Concerts — Carols by Candelight

Cantorum Choir Concerts

Date - Saturday 10th December 2016
Event -

Christmas Concert

Venue - Holy Trinity Church, Cookham
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If Music be the food of loveAlthough many things continued—the mince pies, the mulled wine, the stunning candle illumination in both halves of the nave and the wonderful playing by Sounding Brass (both outside and in)—‘Carols by Candlelight’ marked a change in musical character from the previous year’s concert of favourites. Elisabeth’s 2016 choice of programme was altogether more meditative, a little more serious, and included for the first time in recent years some specially chosen readings to develop the Christmas theme. It was refreshing that many of the carols sung by the choir were new to the audience: particularly the Arvo Pärt Christ is the Morning Star and the Josquin Ave Maria. Opening with What Sweeter Music and Warlock’s less familiar setting of Adam lay ybounden, the evening’s early focus was on Mary and the meaning of the star. Then, in ‘Royal David’s City’, the birth came suddenly and dramatically: A Babe is born all of a May by William Matthias. There followed a series of reflections on the power of music and light as the angels appeared to the shepherds—though not without a flash forward to Herod’s massacre in Kenneth Leighton’s innovative Lully, Lulla, Thou little tiny Child. Finally, we entered the stable, bringing ‘our gifts’, via Howells’s profound Here is the Little Door—to reveal the child and his destiny in Bob Chilcott’s For Him All Stars have Shone. All the while, in the background so to speak, we could hear the celebrations and Christmas traditions of ordinary people, as in Vaughan Williams’s roistering Wassail Song, which swells to more than fortissimo as the boozy revellers come through the town and Willcocks’s lesser-known arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy, excitedly mixing duple and triple rhythms. We ended, of course, with the ever popular The Twelve Days of Christmas. Oh, and an encore of Rudolph!

 
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Previous Concerts

2017

'Gloriana' Vivaldi & Handel

2017

Valentines Black Tie Dinner

2016

Carols by Candelight

2016

Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

2016

If Music be the Food of Love

2016

J S Bach Mass in B Minor

2015

The Ultimate Christmas Concert

2015

“Gloria!” with Brass Ensemble

2015

A Night at the Opera

2015

Valentines Dinner Concert

2014

‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’-Messiah Highlights and other Christmas Favourites

2014

Haydn 'Nelson' Mass, Trumpet Concerto, Mozart Te Deum

2014

Cantorum A Cappella: Old & New

2014

Bach's St John Passion

2013

"Sing this Night" - Christmas with Cantorum

2013

Bach ‘Magnificat’, Piano Concerto #1, ‘Singet dem Herrn’

2013

“Great Britten” - Glorious English Music

2013

Valentine's Supper Concert

2012

Christmas with Cantorum

2012

Mozart Requiem

2012

All Creatures Great and Small - Music inspired by Animals

2012

Handel’s Messiah

2011

Christmas Carol Concerts

2011

Fauré Requiem

2011

Dixit Dominus by G F Handel

2011

Valentine’s Supper Concert

2010

“O Holy Night” – Christmas Carol Concert

2010

"Mass of the Children" by John Rutter

2010

“Notes from America” – Concert of American Music

2010

"The Reluctant Dragon"

2010

"Faire is the Heaven"

2009

"Christmas is coming"

2009

"Mozart in Marlow"

2009

"Jazz for June"

2009

Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2008

Christmas Carol Concert

2008

“Vivaldi in Venice”

2008

“Myths and Melodies: Music for a Summer’s Evening”

2008

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion

2007

Christmas Concert

2007

25th Anniversary Concert

2007

Joint Concert with the Fonte Choir from Japan

2007

Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2006

Carol Concert

2006

Poulenc's Gloria

2006

Concert of English folk songs

2006

Cantorum in Venice

2006

A Concert of Easter Music

2005

Christmas Music

2005

Fauré's Requiem and Rutter's Requiem

2005

Haydn's Creation

2005

Valentine's Sumptuous and Songs

2004

Christmas Music

2004

Cantorum trip to Paris

2004

Summer Evening Concert

2004

Bach's Magnificat

2003

Christmas Concert

 

 

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