At the end of a turbulent year, our concert title could not be more poignant. Gerald Finzi’s magical Christmas song, In Terra Pax, for baritone, soprano and choir, combines the Nativity story with a poem by Robert Bridges. The poet’s walk in the English countryside on a “frosty Christmas eve” brings to mind the shepherds in the field as they receive the good news.
As the choir sings of peace on earth and goodwill to men, Finzi conjures up the sound of the pealing church bells he heard on his own Christmas walk. This lyrical song must be a contender for one of the most beautiful pieces of Christmas choral music.
The plight of so many refugees fleeing from their homes is reflected in Berlioz’s much-loved Shepherds’ Farewell, in which the shepherds wish the Holy Family a safe journey as they flee from Egypt.
And no Christmas concert would be complete without a variety of carols and seasonal music, traditional and contemporary. We have chosen a sparkling selection which is sure to delight our audience and of course, there will be an opportunity to join in.
Our concert takes place in Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, one of the most artistically significant churches in the UK. A Grade I listed building, dubbed by Sir John Betjeman “the cathedral of the Arts & Crafts Movement”. Its magnificent stained glass includes a window by pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and was the largest ever manufactured by Morris and Co.
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If you’re a Spotify user and unfamiliar with any of these pieces we are performing, here is a playlist of professional recordings to listen to:
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