Benjamin Britten - A Ceremony of Carols arr. Julius Harrington Arnold Bax - Mater Ora Filium, Of a Rose I Sing Morten Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium with a selection of popular Christmas carols. Conducted by John Gibbons
This concert celebrates Christmas with one of the most popular choral pieces for Christmas time – A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, arranged by Julius Harrington for SATB. Originally written during WWII on a voyage back from America to Britain, when Britten discovered a book of medieval poems and set them to music. The rest of the concert is a beautiful mix of traditional and modern carols with harp, cello and double bass accompaniments followed by mulled wine and festive nibbles.