Bristol Choral Society

English Christmas Music

Finzi In Terra Pax
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Holst Christmas Day
Holst Psalm 148
Britten A Ceremony of Carols

Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Ensemble
Hilary Campbell Conductor

Gwen Martin Soprano
Rene Bloice-Sanders Baritone

Inspired by the bells of a Gloucestershire Christmas Eve, Finzi’s elegiac Et in Terra Pax is unwrapped alongside Vaughan Williams’ salute to folk carols, and Holst’s own near-contemporary ‘choral fantasy on old carols’. At the foot of the tree there’s a rarity too: Britten’s delectable harp-gilded carolling, composed at sea as he returned from America during World War II. Nothing rare there except that we’re singing a less often heard four-part arrangement. Framed by plainsong and swaddling a ravishing harp interlude, A Ceremony of Carols bewitches and beguiles. As the opening carol commands: ‘Wolcum yole, and make good cheer’.

Tickets are available from Colston Hall’s box office:
Telephone 0117 203 4040
Online at Colston Hall website
Tickets cost £10.75 to £31.18. Under 25’s £5.38. Seniors 10% discount.