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


Kings College Chapel
South Road


Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaSurge illuminare Jerusalem
Richard Rodney BennettThat younge child
Robert ParsonsAve Maria
Richard Rodney BennettThere is no rose
Samuel ScheidtPuer natus in Bethlehem
Ola GjeiloSerenity (O magnum mysterium)
William ByrdLullaby, My Sweet Little Baby
Richard Rodney BennettSweet was the song
Hieronymus PraetoriusJoseph, lieber Joseph mein
William MathiasAve Rex
Herbert HowellsHere is the little door
Hieronymus PraetoriusIn dulci jubilo
Richard DeringQuem vidistis, pastores?
Richard Rodney BennettSusanni
Michael PraetoriusQuem pastores laudavere
Peter WarlockBethlehem Down
Francis PoulencVidentes stellam, FP 150 no.3
Peter CorneliusThe Three Kings (arr. Ivor Atkins)
Thomas WeelkesGloria in excelsis Deo
Will ToddMy Lord has come


Graham Caldbeck – Conductor
Richard Pearce – Organ
Helen Lunt – cello

Somerset Chamber Choir

Programme Note

Beautiful seasonal music performed by Candlelight 

Our New Year concert will be held on the day following the Feast of the Epiphany  - that time of year which marks the visit of the Three Wise Men (or Magi, or Kings) to honour the baby Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.Instead of gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, we shall present a fascinatingly rich and varied programme of seasonal music, stretching from the 16th & 17th centuries to the present day – with old favourites to be enjoyed and some exciting new and unfamiliar music to be discovered.

Music from these shores forms the core of the programme, but music from France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway and Canada is also included, thereby making the evening a truly international celebration.

One of our sopranos, Helen Lunt, will leave the ranks for one piece to perform with the choir on the ‘cello; and we are again joined by our regular virtuoso organist, Richard Pearce.

There will be several opportunities for the audience to join in with the singing, too. For everyone present we hope that this event will truly prove to be A Musical Epiphany.

Choir in rehearsal Wells Cathedral July 2016

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