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An English Christmas

December 16, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Christmas is coming and we’re giving Messiah a well-earned rest to dish up a succulent feast of 20th century Yuletide fare. Finzi to Holst, Vaughan Williams to Britten, fine dining is guaranteed. Tuck in!

Finzi In Terra Pax
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Holst Christmas Day
Holst Psalm 148
Britten A Ceremony of Carols

Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Ensemble
Hilary Campbell Conductor

Gwen Martin Soprano
Rene Bloice-Sanders Baritone

Colston Hall, Bristol

Inspired by the bells of a Gloucestershire Christmas Eve, Finzi’s elegiac Et in Terra Pax is unwrapped alongside Vaughan Williams’ salute to folk carols, and Holst’s own near- contemporary ‘choral fantasy on old carols’. At the foot of the tree there’s a rarity too: Britten’s delectable harp-gilded carolling, composed at sea as he returned from America during World War II. Nothing rare there except that we’re singing a less often heard four-part arrangement. Framed by plainsong and swaddling a ravishing harp interlude, ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ bewitches and beguiles. As the opening carol commands: ‘Wolcum yole, and make good cheer’.

Tickets are available from Colston Hall’s box office:
Telephone: 0117 203 4040
Online: Colston Hall website
Tickets cost £10.75 to £31.18. Under 25’s £5.38. Seniors 10% discount.


December 16, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Colston Hall