Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


SJE Arts - St John the Evangelist Church
109A Iffley Road


Benjamin BrittenA Boy was Born (Theme and 6 Variations)
Bernard RoseA Christmas Carol - The Christ-Child
Richard LloydLove came down at Christmas
Allain RichardThe Magi's Gifts
David BednallBC:AD - This was the moment
Alfred DesenclosNoël des Flandres (UK Premiere)
Edward Thomas ChapmanBalulalow
John JoubertFive Songs of Incantation: no.1 'I sing of a maiden'
John JoubertFive Songs of Incantation: no.4 'Of a rose, a lovely rose'
John JoubertThere is no Rose of Such Virtue, Op.14
Francis PottAdam lay ybounden



Programme Note

On a wintery evening, Commotio invites you to the warm atmosphere of SJE Arts for a concert packed with Advent cheer. Commotio's inaugural concert seventeen years ago featured A boy was born and, with four of the original members still singing, the choir is delighted to reprise Britten's early masterpiece.

Perhaps best loved by choristers for the rambunctious Torches, John Joubert's other carols are miniature gems. Commotio is pleased to sing three of these in anticipation of his 90th birthday in March 2017. Commotio will perform carols by two composers with whom the choir has enjoyed close links, and whose works it has successfully recorded. Francis Pott's Adam lay ybounden and Richard Allain's The Magi's Gifts have already become firm favourites with the choir

The programme will also include a previously unpublished carol by Bernard Rose in his centenary year, and Alfred Desenclos' Noël des Flandres will receive its UK premiere; the rich, exotic textures and harmonies reminiscent of his contemporaries, Messiaen and Daniel-Lesur.

Commotio and director, Matthew Berry

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