The Cappella Singers' Christmas Concert 2008

Minchinhampton Parish Church

The Cappella Singers and their Conductor Philip Colls returned to Holy Trinity on Friday 19th December to give their annual Christmas Concert.

For the Christmas concert this year, the choir was joined by Ashley Grote, the highly talented Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, who both accompanied the choir and played some organ solos.

The programme fell into two distinct sections: the first half was devoted almost exclusively to the work of Michael Praetorius, one of the most influential musicians of the early 17th century, who worked in Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony. His setting of the Magnificat, based on a six-note scale, is an excitingly varied work in six parts.

Full list of choral works in the first half:

Michael Praetorius

Wachet auf

Michael Praetorius

Magnificat super ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la

Samuel Scheidt

O Jesulein suss!

Michael Praetorius

Es ist ein Roess entsprungen

Michael Praetorius

Joseph lieber, Joseph mein

Michael Praetorius

Quem pastores laudavere

Michael Praetorius

In dulci jubilo

Philip confesses that the second half of the concert was a kind of personal trip down Memory Lane, including Pearsall‘s famous arrangement of In dulci jubilo, HowellsA Spotless Rose, Britten‘s A Boy was Born and music by both Lennox Berkeley and Edmund Rubbra.

Full list of choral works in the second half:

Robert Lucas de Pearsall

In dulci jubilo

arr. Edgar Pettman

I saw a maiden

Herbert Howells

A spotless rose

Stanley Vann

Sweet was the song

Lennox Berkeley

I sing of a maiden

Benjamin Britten

A boy was born

Edmund Rubbra

The Virgin's Cradle hymn

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The blessed son of God

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