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World Premiere of Christmas Music

The 2019 Three Choirs Festival presents the world premiere of Bob Chilcott's Christmas Oratorio, and music by Handl, Victoria and Britten.

The Three Choirs Festival is the oldest non-competitive music festival in the world, and in their 2019 season, Bob Chilcott’s Christmas Oratorio received its world premiere. The performance included distinguished soloists such as Dame Sarah Connolly, and the festival’s artistic director Adrian Partington conducted singers from the choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester cathedrals. The festival commissioned this work from Chilcott, and it is a retelling of the Christmas story using texts from the Gospels of St Luke and St Matthew, intertwined with poetry and four hymns. The concert also includes Britten’s festive Ceremony of Carols. It was written whilst the composer journeyed by boat between the United States and England in 1942. A very dangerous crossing to make, whilst German U boats patrolled the Atlantic Ocean.

Recorded at Gloucester Cathedral in August, and presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

Jacobus Handl: Impetum inimicorum
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Leatatus sum
Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

8.08pm
Interval Music (from CD)
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 (Now you are truly revenged on the host of your enemies)
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir
Ton Koopman (director)

Bob Chilcott
St John Passion (There is a green hill far away)
Wells Cathedral Choir
Voluntary Choir
Chaconne Brass
Jonathan Vaughn (organ)
Matthew Owens (conductor)

Bob Chilcott
The Advent Candle
Commotio
Tanya Houghton (harp)
Matthew Berry (conductor)

8.30pm

Bob Chilcott: Christmas Oratorio

Mary: Sarah Connolly (soprano)
Evangelist: Nick Pritchard (tenor)
Simeon: Neal Davies (baritone)
Gabriel: Ed Rimmer (vocalist)
Angel: Rachel Roper (vocalist)
Wise Man: Deryck Webb (vocalist)
Wise Man: Matthew Clark (vocalist)
Wise Man: Nick Perfect (vocalist)
Herod: Greg Bannan (vocalist)
Lay Clerks of the Three Cathedral Choirs
Choristers of the Three Cathedral Choirs
Philharmonia Players
Heidi Krutzen (harp)
Jonathan Hope (organ)
Adrian Partington (conductor)

Produced by Luke Whitlock

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Jacobus Gallus

    Impetum inimicorum

    Choir: Lay Clerks Of The Three Choirs Festival. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Laetatus sum

    Choir: Lay Clerks Of The Three Choirs Festival. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28

    Performer: Heidi Krutzen. Choir: Choristers Of The Three Choirs Festival. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Choir: Amsterdam Baroque Choir. Director: Ton Koopman.
    • ERATO 0630146352.
    • ERATO.
    • 29.
  • Bob Chilcott

    St John Passion (There is a green hill far away)

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn. Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Ensemble: Chaconne Brass. Conductor: Matthew Owens.
  • Bob Chilcott

    The Advent Candle

    Performer: Tanya Houghton. Choir: Commotio. Conductor: Matthew Berry.
    • Naxos 8573159.
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Bob Chilcott

    Christmas Oratorio

    Performer: Jonathan Hope. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Nick Pritchard. Singer: Neal Davies. Choir: Lay Clerks Of The Three Choirs Festival. Choir: Choristers Of The Three Choirs Festival. Orchestra: Philharmonia Players. Conductor: Adrian Partington.
  • Cole Porter

    Always true to you in my fashion

    Music Arranger: Guy Barker. Singer: Clare Teal. Orchestra: Hallé.
    • MUD RECORDS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    String Quartet in E minor

    Ensemble: Britten Quartet.
    • Brilliant Classics.

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