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Upcoming concerts

‘Christmas Celebrations’

Saturday 14th December 2019, 7:00 pm, St Mary’s Church, Ely.

Our next concert in Ely will be ‘Christmas Celebrations’ with carols for choir and audience and will celebrate major anniversaries of Hector Berlioz, Walford Davies and Sir David Willcocks.

Tickets available from 1st November 2019 online or at Ely Tourist Information Centre, Oliver Cromwell’s House, 29 St. Mary’s Street, Ely, Tel: 01353 66206

For most people, Christmas is a time for celebrating, but celebrating what? The birth of Jesus?  Family?  Giving and receiving? All the above, no doubt, and much more.

This year Ely Choral Society is also celebrating the contributions made to Christmas music by three particular composers:

  • Hector Berlioz whose The Childhood of Christ gave us the sublime chorus The Shepherds’ Farewell. Berlioz died 150 years ago in 1869.
  • Henry Walford Davies, an English composer, born in 1869, and Master of the King’s Music from 1934 to 1941. We include his setting of O Little Town of Bethlehem.
  • Sir David Willcocks, born in 1919, was a famous choir director, notably at King’s College, Cambridge from 1957 to 1974. He was a prolific arranger of carols, many of which were performed at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide from the College Chapel every Christmas Eve.  Several of his beautiful and clever carol-arrangements are in the programme.

Yes, there will be attractive and engaging pieces sung by the choirs, but also lots of carols for the audience to join in.  Together with seasonal refreshments in the interval, there will be plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas with us.

Tickets £15, u18s free (including seasonal refreshments and programme)

Available from 1st November 2019 online

or at Ely Tourist Information Centre, Oliver Cromwell’s House, 29 St. Mary’s Street, Ely, Tel: 01353 66206

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