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St Mary's Church
Darlington Street



Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaExsultate Deo
Thomas Hewitt JonesLove Came Down at Christmas
Elizabeth PostonJesus Christ the apple tree
Claudio MonteverdiCantate Domino, SV 293
John RutterCantate Domino
Johann Sebastian BachDer Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf (motet), BWV 226
Giles SwayneMagnificat
C├ęsar CuiMagnificat, Op.93
Francis PoulencExultate Deo, FP 109


Tomos Watkins – Conductor

The Handful Chamber Choir

Programme Note

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, Lennon and McCartney, Rodgers and Hammerstein; it is said that good things come in pairs, so join us for a double helping of the Magnificat (Swayne and Cui), Exultate Deo (Poulenc and Palestrina) and Cantate Domino (Monteverdi and Rutter).

An evening exploring the variety of ways Christmas has been expressed in choral music, from the sixteenth century to the present day, via Russia, Italy and Cornwall. The first half presents contemporary and sixteenth century settings of familiar texts, culminating in Bach's dance around the Christmas tree, Der Geist hilft

Indulge yourself in an uplifting and heart-warming Christmas feast for the ears as The Handful get the season’s festivities well underway.

‘I found myself transfixed by the sheer beauty of their singing and the depth of their understanding’ Bath Chronicle, Feb 2019

The Handful's mission includes a desire to enrich and inspire the next generation of concert-goes and musicians.  New for this season, we are delighted to offer free entry to under 16s to all of our concerts (must be accompanied by an adult).

The Handful Chamber Choir

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