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Somerset Chamber Choir Christmas Concert – Tidings of Great Joy

December 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join us for this uplifting concert in celebration of Advent!

The renowned organist Shean Bowers and Jean Kelly, one of the UK’s most gifted professional harpists, perform solos as well as accompanying the choir in this concert of beautiful seasonal music., an enchanting mix of favourite melodies from across the centuries. From Renaissance polyphony by Victoria, through to modern-day classics by Carl Rütti and Bob Chilcott, and a beguiling arrangement of The Angel Gabriel by Stephen Paulus, these are just a few of the musical gifts on offer, so we hope there will be something for everyone to enjoy. As well as the inclusion of a small selection of compelling narrations, pertaining to the time of year, there will also be the opportunity for everyone to join with the choir in singing two well-known seasonal hymns.
A versatile and pioneering musician, Jean Kelly won a scholarship to study the concert harp at the Royal College of Music, since when she has enjoyed an eclectic career spanning classical, contemporary and world music. She has played harp on several fil scores including The Lord of the Rings and We need to talk about Kevin, scored for solo harp by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Jean specialises in classical, folk, medieval and wire-strung harps and will be playing a number of these instruments in the concert.

Programme Details

The Angel Gabriel – Graham Fitkin
Gabriel’s Message – Stephen Paulus
Tocatta on Veni Emmanuel – Adolphus Hailstork
Rejoice in the Lord always – Anon (C16th)
O magnum mysterium – Tomás Luis de Victoria
What sweeter music – John Rutter
O come, O come, Immanuel – John Rutter
Ukranian Prayer – John Rutter
I wonder as I wander – Carl Rütti
My Dancing Day – Carl Rütti
Angelus ad virginem – arr. Andrew Carter
E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come – Paul Manz
There Shall a Star – Felix Mendelssohn
Corde Natus – Graham Fitkin
Of the Father’s heart begotten – arr. David Willcocks
Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
The Shepherd’s Carol – Bob Chilcott
Nowell Sing We – Matthew Martin


December 11, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ticket prices t.b.a.
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