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Music for a Winter's Night

Sunday December 11, 2022 at 17:00
Church of St Clement Danes, London
£20, £15, £8
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  1. A Hymn to the Virgin - Benjamin Britten
  2. Regina caeli - Vicente Lusitano
  3. Ave Maria - Robert Nathaniel Dett
  4. Ave Regina Caelorum - Isabella Leonarda
  5. The Lord's Prayer - William Petter
  6. Angelus ad pastores ait - Raphaella Aleotti
  7. Star of Rohini - Shruthi Rajasekar
  8. Puer qui natus est nobis hodie - Sulpitia Cesis
  9. O Oriens (Cecelia McDowall), from 7 Magnificat Antiphons - Howard Skempton, Sir John Tavener, Rihards Dubra, Gabriel Jackson, Cecilia McDowall, Matthew Martin and Eriks Ešenvalds
  10. Hodie Christus natus est, from Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël - Francis Poulenc
  11. Gloria, Gloria - Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
  12. Jul, jul stralande jul - Gustaf Nordqvist
  13. Riu, riu, chiu - Mateo Flecha
  14. Shomer Yisrael - Benjamin Till
  15. A Carol For All Children - Adolphus Hailstork
  16. Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child - Kenneth Leighton
  17. Lullaby for Lucy - Peter Maxwell Davies
  18. The three Kings - Jonathan Dove
  19. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen - Michael Praetorius
  20. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen/Det är en ros utsprungen - Jan Sandström

A concert of winter music from around the world and Christmas music from closer to home

Join The Fourth Choir for a seasonal celebration of winter, a mulled cider and a mince pie in the stunning church of St Clement Danes in the Strand.

Opening with Benjamin Britten's evocative Hymn to the Virgin, the first half of the concert explores themes of miraculous birth from the Christian tradition and beyond, with early works by underrepresented composers including Vicente Lusitano – the first black composer published in Europe.

The Choir also continues to explore the recently rediscovered legacy of women composers who worked in Renaissance Italian convents: composers such as Isabella Leonarda, who didn’t start to compose until the age of 50 and went on to compose over 200 works; Raffaella Aleotti who published the first book of sacred music by a woman in 1593; and Sulpitia Cesis who published a book of Spiritual Motets in 1619.

These are paired with more modern works by Nathaniel Dett, Cecilia McDowall and Shruthi Rajeskar's shimmering Star of Rohini, which draws parallels between the mythologies surrounding the births of the infant Jesus and Krishna.

In the second half of the concert we will hear traditional and reimagined carols and seasonal works in Swedish, Spanish, Hebrew and German. A poignant trio of lullabies leads on to Jonathan Dove's dramatic The Three Kings before a blissful and atmospheric ending of Jan Sandström's arrangement of Praetorius' Es ist ein Ros entsprungen.

Church of St Clement Danes
The Strand

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