Be Merry!
Carols for All
Saturday 13 December 2014 at 7.30pm
 
 
  Date:  Saturday 13 December 2014
  Time: 7.30pm
  Venue:  Northampton High School, Newport Pagnell Road, Northampton, NN4 6UU
 
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The choir are joined by two stunning young pianists and BBC Radio Northampton’s own John Griff to perform their biennial festive Christmas celebration of Carols for All! The great majority of the carols in the concert are featured on the choir’s 2010 CD recording Congaudeat! and on their newly released disc Be Merry! The former disc features carols by composers with Northamptonshire connections – in this concert this includes arrangements by Dunleavy, Tanner and Tyler. Our most recent disc, recorded earlier this year, features North American arrangements for choir and piano, and in tonight’s concert you hear work from this CD by Betinis, Courtney, Forrest, Hayes and Hoelscher. The concert also includes four carols – by Anglea, Cutler, Johnson and Spevacek – from this CD which receive their European première performances in tonight’s concert.

There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in – not least in the ever-popular setting of While shepherds watched to the tune familiarly known as On Ilkley moor baht 'at!

This is our second Christmas concert at Northampton High School, and in our first concert we were so overwhelmed by the numbers of people who came, that some very uncomfortable and distant seating had to be found, and the sheer number of people gave us the unusual problem of the venue being too warm! For this concert, the seating arrangement in the hall will be completely rearranged so that the whole audience will be in comfort and joy and ventilation has been improved. The other benefits of the venue – plenty of parking and interval facilities – remain, and we hope you will join us again for a fresh look at the Christmas Story.

Programme:

Northampton Bach Choir

Piano: Stephen Meakins
Piano: Charlie Hubbard
Compère: John Griff
Conductor: Lee Dunleavy

A festive concert of familiar carols for both choir and audience with a modern twist; the full programme is as follows:

arr. Anglea Angels we have heard on high (European première)
arr. Courtney He is born (Il est né)
arr. Cutler Fantasia on a Ukrainian Carol (European première)
arr. Dunleavy Hark! the herald-angels sing
Forrest Carol of Joy
arr. Forrest Good Christian men, rejoice
arr. Forrest O come, all ye faithful
arr. Hayes Have yourself a merry little Christmas
arr. Hoelscher Still, still, still
Holst arr. Betinis In the bleak midwinter
arr. Johnson We wish you a Merry Christmas (European première)
arr. Rutter The twelve days of Christmas
Spevacek Let all the town be merry (European première)
arr. Tanner God rest you merry gentlemen
Trad. While shepherds watched their flocks
arr. Tyler Away in a manger
arr. Willcocks Good King Wenceslas
 
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