audience-friendly story-telling sequences
entertainments of narrated texts with unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.
Presented by Opus Anglicanum Trust, Charity No.1083865
Saturday 10th December 6 pm
St James’ Church, Chipping Campden GL55 6JG
A meditative sequence of 15th century English Carols, Christmas music by Dunstable and Obrecht together with Gregorian chant, sung by Opus Anglicanum with Zeb Soanes, narrator, reading from sermons by Deitrich Bonhoeffer and Bishop Lancelot Andrews. During the interval Richard Stephens plays Baroque organ music for Christmas.
FIGGY PUDDING, the second part of the concert, is a short entertainment with a variety of seasonal readings. Music includes the Gloucester Wassail Song in the
arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams, J S Bach’s harmonisation of In dulci jubilo and the stirring 19th century French song Minuit, Chrétiens! by Adolphe Adam. This
year’s new Opus Anglicanum carol, Seraphim, is a commission from the young Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy. Mrs Hooligans Christmas Cake is a perennial favourite,
and we conclude with The Holly and the Ivy, which the folk music collector Cecil Sharp heard sung in Chipping Campden in January 1909, and which is now so very widely popular.
£10 at the door. The concert is at the earlier time of 6 pm
Monday 12th December 7:30 pm
The Wells candle-lit concert is a hugely popular annual event. The year we include Josquin's setting of the 1st chapter of St John 'In principio erat verbum',
Dunstable's 'Magnificat Secondi Toni' and Obrecht's magisterial ‘Factor Orbis‘ with its interwoven biblical prophetic texts and concluding declamatory Noës. The narrated texts this
year are not from mediaeval sources but from sermons by Deitrich Bonhoeffer and Bishop Lancelot Andrews. Along with the 15th century English Mediaeval Carols are four short pieces of chant suggested
by Francis Poulenc’s choice of texts for his ‘Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël’. We conclude with a procession to the Lady Chapel singing the enchanting and unique Qui creavit
caelum from the early 15th century processional of the Benedictine Nuns of St Mary’s, Chester.
Returns only - if available - from Wells Cathedral Shop tel: 01749 672773
Saturday 17th December
Haslemere Museum GU27 2LA
£15/ £5 under-18 only from the Museum 01428 642112
A welcome return to the delightful award-winning Haslemere Museum for our annual Christmas Figgy Pudding concert in their wonderful 19th century Lecture Hall, where we shall sing Christmas in with a very special sequence of treats. Our music includes Seven French Noëls as used and harmonised by Charpentier in his Messe de Minuit, Peter Cornelius’s The Three Kings, The Gloucester Wassail Song in the arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams, J S Bach’s harmonisation of In dulci jubilo and the stirring 19th century French song Minuit, Chrétiens! by Adolphe Adam. This year’s new Opus Anglicanum carol, Seraphim, is a commission from the exciting young Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy. Mrs Hooligans Christmas Cake is a perennial favourite, and we conclude with The Holly and the Ivy, in which the audience is invited to join. Zeb Soanes reads a splendid variety of Christmas depictions from John Milton, T S Eliot, William Barnes, George du Maurier and Spike Milligan.
£15/ £5 under-18 - only from the Museum 01428 642112
DATES FOR 2017
26th January, Wells Cathedral, Concert: Chant for Candlemas in Procession
11th February - 14th February, recording The Great and Wide Sea, and David Jones
during March, recording An English Music - OA Commissions
24th - 27th April, Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts. Residential Gregorian Chant Course
29th April, St Just in Roseland The Great and Wide Sea, and introducing a new work by Alexander Campkin
20th May, Cobham , Surrey, private party - Belloc: The Four Men
10th June, Haslemere Museum The Great and Wide Sea
4th November, St Mary's Church Monmouth, RSCM South East Wales Plainchant workshop
24th July, Worcester Three Choirs Festival The Great and Wide Sea
25th July, Worcester Three Choirs Festival Chant Workshop 10 am - 4.30 pm
25th July, Worcester Cathedral, Vespers for St Oswald of Worcester 5:30 pm
Patron - Dame Emma Kirkby Opus Anglicanum Trust Charity No.1083865
Michael Kuhn, chairman;
Prebendary Elsa van der Zee; Stephen Tilton; Dr Frances Hogwood; Dr John Sedgwick
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