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Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace


Marc-Antoine CharpentierMesse de minuit pour noël, H.1
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on Christmas Carols
Gerald FinziIn Terra Pax, Op.39


Katherine Manley – Soprano
Catriona Hewitson – Soprano
Polly Leech – mezzo soprano
Clement Hetherington – Tenor
George Von Bergen – baritone
Ivor Setterfield – Conductor

Trafalgar Sinfonia
Barts Choir

Programme Note

A stunning programme of French and English Christmas Music.

Charpentier: Messe de Minuit pour Noël (1690) Charpentier's delightful Messe de Minuit is based on eleven French carols, adapted to fit the traditional mass text.

Berlioz: The Shepherds’ Farewell This serene and gentle composition from the beginning of L'Enfance du Christ tells the story of the birth of Jesus and the journey of the Holy Family as they escape Bethlehem and travel across Egypt. 

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912) Fantasia on Christmas Carols is a charming Christmas work. It is made up of four English carols: "The Truth Sent From Above," "Come All You Worthy Gentlemen," "On Christmas Night," and "There is a Fountain." It is a short piece, scored for orchestra, solo baritone and chorus.

Finzi: In Terra Pax (1954) In this work Finzi sets two verses from Robert Bridges’ poem “Noel: Christmas Eve 1913” within the nativity story as told by St Luke.

Barts Choir performing at Cadogan Hall in November 2015

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