SJSS announces Christmas festival programme11:08, 4th October 2016
St John’s Smith Square has announced the programme for its 31st annual Christmas festival, which will take place 9-23 December.
The event will launch with a concert from the Choir of King’s College London, featuring Tavener’s Ikon of the Nativity and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil.
Returning choirs include the City of London Choir, Cardinall’s Musick, Tenebrae, the Tallis Scholars, Ex Cathedra, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford and the choirs of Merton College, Oxford and Clare College, Cambridge, while the Gesualdo Six (SJSS young artists 2015/16) and La Nuova Musica will make their festival debuts.
Young musicians from the National Youth Music Theatre will perform seasonal readings, music and staged extracts, and the Holst Singers and the City of London Sinfonia will present a programme inspired by English folksongs and Yuletide tales, complete with seasonal readings and sing-along carols.
The festival’s only lunchtime concert will come from organist David Titterington, who will perform Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur.
In keeping with tradition, performances of Handel’s Messiah (Polyphony and OAE) and Bach’s Mass in B minor (Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and OAE) will conclude the festival.
Tickets cost £10-£35.