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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

The Sixteen to present Marco Galvani premiere

11:58, 22nd November 2017

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers will present the world premiere performances of Marco Galvani’s On Christmas Morn as part of Classic FM’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Co-commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM, the work sets lines from Anne Brontë’s poem Music on Christmas Morning. Galvani’s music captures the excitement and wonder of the season, and evokes the sense of waking up to distant music on 25 December.

The piece will be performed as part of the choir’s 2017 Christmas programme, Glory to the Christ Child, which features festive music from the 16th century to the present day. Other works include Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël and Un soir de neige; John Joubert’s There is no rose; Lassus’ La nuit froide et sombre; Palestrina’s O magnum mysterium; and Bob Chilcott’s Pilgrim Jesus.

Marco Galvani is a young composer based in London, studying with David Sawer. His works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by a variety of choirs across the UK, Europe, and North America. In 2015, he was awarded the Schellhorn Prize for Choral Composition for his piece Ecce Quam Bonum.

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers will present the Glory to the Christ Child programme as follows:

8 December, 7.30pm, Sage Gateshead
9 December, 7.30pm, St Luke’s Church Battersea, London
10 December, 3pm, Glyndebourne, East Sussex
11 December, 7.30pm, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
15 December, 7.45pm, St John the Evangelist, Oxford
16 December, 7.30pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton
17 December, 3pm, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
18 & 19 December, 7.30pm, Cadogan Hall, London
21 December, 7.30pm, Concert Hall, Reading


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