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16 December 2017
Chalfont St Peter

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Chalfont Concert Wind Band - Carols for Charity

Lewisham Shopping Centre
Molesworth Street, Lewisham
SE13 7HB

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Festive Favourites at Lewisham Concert Band

Lewisham Concert Band
John Hargreaves, conductor

Christmas and festive music, as well as regular concert band repertoire.

A festive musical entertainment while you do your Christmas shopping! Free, but donations welcome.
St. George's, Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Way

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In advance: £12/ 10 (concessions). On the Door: 14/ 12 (concessions)
O Oriens!

Renaissance Singers
David Allinson, director

Nicholas Gombert: Magnificat

Amid the onslaught of predictable and traditional seasonal fare, the Renaissance Singers presents a programme of sumptuous polyphony in the spirit of Advent, the liturgical season of expectation and preparation.

We are excited to be singing the cycle of ‘O’ antiphon settings published by Pierre Attaingnant in the mid-1530s. Written by a group of composers working at institutions including Notre Dame and Ste Chapelle, Paris, the polyphony is in the finest traditions established by Josquin — expressive, sinuous and studded with false relations.

Each antiphon begins with the exclamation ‘O’. They were to be sung at Vespers before and after the Magnificat on the days preceding Christmas Eve. The music is newly-edited for this concert, and to our knowledge this is the first modern performance of all nine motets in the cycle; only a few have previously been recorded.

The music, by composers including Pierre Certon, Antoine Mornable and Pierre de Manchicourt, deserves to be better known. It has great emotional power, especially in the untexted melismatic sections that are reminiscent of settings of the Lamentations. The programme will be capped with selected settings of the Magnificat by Franco-Flemish contemporaries.
Christ Church Cathedral
St Aldate's

Tickets Oxford
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+44 (0)1865 305 305

Handel's Messiah

The Cathedral Singers of Christ Church

The Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Christmas Concert is always a highlight of the festive season at Christ Church. This year will be even more special, as the Singers are joined by Oxybaroxy, the Oxfordshire Youth Baroque Strings, and a quartet of tremendous young soloists, to perform Handel’s uplifting Messiah, under director James Morley Potter.
19 December 2017
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
N6 5HG

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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£15, concessions £8
Wilde Roses

Anna Tam, song, dance and various instruments
Emily Alice Ovenden, song, dance and various instruments

Musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world, we draw our repertoire from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. We are fascinated by the stories in these songs - medieval religious imagery so beautifully infused with nature; renaissance tales of piracy, jilted lovers and general folly alongside some of the most sincere and tender love songs that reach to the heart of life and human relationships.

Wilde Roses is an early-music collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden, who met while they were performing with the Mediaeval Baebes.
Anna Tam (musical director, singer, nyckelharpa, viola da gamba, hurdy gurdy, percussion) enjoys an eclectic career both in the folk and classical genres. She was trained as a classical singer and instrumentalist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her early studies she performed at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3 and has been touring internationally since she was 15.

Emily Alice Ovenden (singer, recorders, percussion) received a scholarship from Andrew Lloyd Webber to study in London. With the Mediaeval Baebes she has made several albums, and recorded themes for BBC TV shows Victoria and Elizabeth. Emily has made 3 acclaimed albums with her band, Pythia.
21 December 2017
St James's Piccadilly

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In The Stillness

London Oriana Choir
Dominic Ellis-Peckham, conductor

Sally Beamish: In The Stillness
Cecilia McDowall: Now May We Singen
Eleanor Daley: Gabriel's Message
Kerry Andrew: Adam and the Mother
Bob Chilcott: Gifts for the Child of Winter
Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down

Join one of the UK’s finest choirs for their sell-out Christmas offerings with stunning choral gifts and carols including music from Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall and Kerry Andrew, as well as familiar carols from Bob Chilcott, David Willcocks and Kenneth Leighton.
23 December 2017
Queensmere Shopping Centre
High Street, Slough

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Carols for Charity - Chalfont Concert Wind Band

Ends at 12.30pm
28 December 2017
Malvern Priory
Church Street, Great Malvern
WR14 2AY

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Carols for All

Malvern Festival Chorus


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