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About this event
In an atmospheric concert that heads straight to the heart of Christmas, leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble Ex Cathedra presents a sequence of music flowing seamlessly from seasonal favourites to little-known gems and stunning new works. All the crucial festive ingredients will remain in place as Ex Cathedra explores the meaning, humour and wonder of Christmas in this online concert filmed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK, one the world’s finest concert halls.
The full programme is listed below. Enjoy Christmas classics, luxurious harmony and pieces written especially for Ex Cathedra by Liz Dilnot Johnson, Alec Roth and Roderick Williams. The concert culminates with the central question of Christmas in Bach’s exquisite chorale setting How shall I fitly meet Thee?
"Atmosphere, imagination, anticipation, inspired music … the true magic of Christmas" (Birmingham Post)
Ex Cathedra is a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Under founder and artistic director Jeffrey Skidmore, it has developed an international reputation for its performances of Early Music, particularly from the Latin American and French Baroque. It is also proud of its reputation for championing new music, from Stockhausen at the BBC Proms to commissions from James MacMillan, Sally Beamish, Roxanna Panufnik, Liz Dilnot Johnson and several major works from Alec Roth.
The group presents its own series of concerts in Birmingham, UK, where it is an Associate Artist at Town Hall & Symphony Hall, and enjoys invitations to appear at festivals and concert series as far afield as New York and Tel Aviv.
Your ticket purchase will directly support the participating artists through IDAGIO’s Fair Artist Payout Model: IDAGIO pays 80% of the net revenue directly to the performers.
Stream available to watch until 5 January 2021.
1. Concert – approx. 80 min programme
arr. Jeffrey Skidmore (*1951), Christmas Collage 2020
Roderick Williams (*1965), O Adonaï (1998)
Jehan Tabouret (Orchésographie 1589) arr. Jeffrey Skidmore, Branle de l’Official
Liz Dilnot Johnson (*1964), Blake reimagined (2020)
Traditional arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015), Sussex Carol
Sally Beamish (*1956), In the stillness
Will Todd (*1970), My Lord has Come (2011)
Harold Darke (1888-1976), In the bleak midwinter (v 4 only)
Philip Brooks (1835-1893), Reading: Constant Christmas
Carl Rütti (*1949), I wonder as I wander
Peter Warlock (1894-1930), Bethlehem Down
Peter Warlock, Benedicamus Domino
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Reading: Ave Maria Gratia Plena
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Twelfth Night
Revelation 21: 1-6 William Tyndale, Bible (1526), Reading: And I saw a new heaven
arr Michael Tippett (1905-98), Steal away
Gaspar Fernandes (1570-1629), Xicochi conetzintle
Kirkpatrick arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015), Away in a manger
William Mathias (1934-92), Sir Christémas (1969)
Richard Middleton (1882-1911), Reading: Carol of the poor children
Traditional, Somerset Wassail
Traditional, Lapland Oik
John Joubert (1927-2019), Torches
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Reading: A Birthday
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), O little one sweet (vv 1 and 2)
Will Todd (*1970), Christus est stella (2004)
Alec Roth (*1948), Love is come again (2018)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), How shall I fitly meet thee?
John Rutter (*1945), Gaelic Blessing
This performance was filmed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 21/22 December 2020.
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