Christmas Concert
On Christmas Night
Saturday 16 December 2023 at 7:00pm
  Date:  Saturday 16 December 2023
  Time: 7:00pm
  Venue:  The Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
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Our Christmas Concert is suitable for all the family, as we tell the story of Christmas with the help of soloists Bethany Horak-Hallett, Justin Lavender and Dan D’Souza and the Bach Camerata. We will raise the roof through a number of well-loved carols for audience, choir and orchestra including Joy to the World, O come all ye faithful, It came upon the midnight clear and Jingle Bells; we will let our hair down with a Christmas medley including The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland and Have yourself a merry little Christmas; and we will be dazzled by our guest soloists leading the choir in O Holy Night, Errolyn Wallen’s Peace on Earth, and Vaughan Williams’s ever popular Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

At the centre of the concert is a rare performance of the cantata Song of Simeon, written in 1960 for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, by Northampton-born composer Sir Malcolm Arnold. A beautifully atmospheric work, narrating the key events of Christmas from Mary’s Annunciation through to Simeon receiving Christ in the Temple, including along the way a bawdy Innkeeper and his wife, some drunken shepherds, and an Arabian dance from the orchestra, it is sure to be a hit with the audience.

Our concert is given at Cripps Hall Theatre, on the campus of Northampton School for Boys. With comfortable seating, plenty of space for mulled wine and soft drinks in the interval, and ample parking opposite, it is a perfect venue for our Christmas family festivities.


Northampton Bach Choir
Bach Camerata

Conductor - Simon Toyne

Mezzo-Soprano - Bethany Horak-Hallett
Tenor - Justin Lavender
Baritone - Dan D’Souza

A Christmas Carol, Walford Davies
A Song of Simeon, Malcolm Arnold
A Child is born in Bethlehem, Samuel Scheidt
Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Ralph Vaughan Williams
O Holy Night, Adolphe Adam
Peace on earth, Errolyn Wallen
A Christmas medley, arranged by Simon Ferris
plus carols for choir, orchestra and audience