Britten Sinfonia: Bach’s Christmas Magnificat
Friday 18 December 2020, 5.30pm & 8pm
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
A seasonal choral programme combining celebratory jubilation with the contemplation and mystery of the Christmas story. Morten Lauridsen’s exquisitely layered, luminous meditation for voices has become a much-loved, contemporary choral classic, and is described by its composer as “a quiet song of profound inner joy”. It contrasts vividly in this programme with Corelli’s joyous Christmas concerto – with its final movement Pastorale depicting the shepherds at Bethlehem – and Bach’s great setting of the Magnificat, heard here in its original version that includes additional Christmas movements; exuberant and uplifting in equal measure. Stephen Layton, one of the world’s most celebrated choral conductors, brings with him a consort of accomplished soloists that include soprano Julia Doyle and mezzo Helen Charlston.
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Rouen is a city in Normandy which is twinned with Norwich in Norfolk, East Anglia.
Ensemble Variances is based in Rouen and led by composer and pianist Thierry Pécou. The ensemble has been developing relationships with Music in Norwich and elsewhere in the UK. It is their 10th anniversary this month and the gala concert they had planned has been cancelled so they have devised an online series instead.
Thierry and the Ensemble have the pleasure of inviting you to an online celebration concert via this link which will become active on Thursday 10 December at 9pm (8pm UK time) or via the attached invitation flyer
The Ensemble were due to play a celebratory concert, NAHASDZÁÁN in Besançon in France on 10 December, which has sadly had to be cancelled.
Rather than be confounded by Covid, they have programmed instead a three-concert series to be shown via YouTube starting on 10 December at 9pm French time, 8pm UK time,with Nahasdzaan (Mother Nature in the Glittering World), followed by two more on 25 December and 10 January, Outre-Mémoire (Beyond Memory) and Méditation (link available later).
Each concert will be available until the next concert is launched and we will post updated links beforehand (10 December, 25 December and 10 January).
We hope that you will be able to join us for the celebration event on 10 December 8pm UK time, 9pm in France or if not, to enjoy the concert series in your own time as the links will stay live for a while.
The ensemble looks forward to returning to live performance in the new year and hope that they will see some of you at their concerts either in the UK or in France.
You can find out more about Ensemble Variance and the concerts on the website as well as other projects they have been involved in