Taking the music from Britain and America in this programme of 20th and 21st century composers we focus primarily on the music of Benjamin Britten culminating in his wonderful seasonal work - A ceremony of carols.
Written in eleven movements and originally thought to be a series of unrelated songs, it now comes together as one of the finest Christmas choral works in the repertoire. Scored for Harp (Alexandra Mullins) and 6 female voices, we are delighted to welcome some of the finest ladies from Washington DC and Boston to join us for this festive concert.
We are also delighted to welcome the American composer, Julianna Hall to Ware. Hall is making her name worldwide with her compositions for all voice types and tonight we hear the world premiere of the cantata "It came to pass" specifically written for the counter tenor voice of Charles Humphries. With the text taken from the Gospel of St Luke we have a "mediaeval tryptic" in which the left panel or rather, opening introduction, proclaims the promise of a saviour, the central panel shares the story of the birth of Christ and the right panel confirms that the 'speaker' has seen that salvation, along with the holy birth, shows that the promise has been fulfilled.
With some additional seasonal plainsong seeping through the fabric of Ware, book early to avoid disappointment as this beautiful music of Britten and the challenging beauty of the Cantata and Julianna Hall, will prove to be extremely popular.
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