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Carols at Cadogan

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5th December 2013
Thu 7.30pm

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Carols at Cadogan

Cadogan Hall is the setting for a festive evening of carols and Christmas music sung by The Bach Choir, featuring choral favourites, carols for all, and accompaniment from our special guests, London City Brass. This year’s concert features the winning entry in the The Times Christmas Carol Competition 2013, which will be chosen by our Musical Director David Hill, The Times’ Chief Music Critic Richard Morrison and The Times’ Assistant Editor Andrew Riley.

Cadogan Hall, London, UK

Conductor - David Hill

Ensemble - London City Brass

Organ - Philip Scriven

Concert Synopsis

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Carols and Christmas music for all, including O Come, all  ye faithful, Ding dong! merrily on high, Birthday carol, Bethlehem Down, The first Nowell, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, The Twelve Days of Christmas and many more.

Listen to The Bach Choir singing Paul Edwards’ No Small Wonder and Andrew Gant’s Still, still, still, both of which will be performed as part of this programme.

Notes From the Composer / Conductor

From David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, and conductor of this concert.

I am delighted to welcome you to this festive evening of carols and Christmas music sung by The Bach Choir.  We bring you new carols as well as much-loved favourites and, as always, there are opportunities for you to join in with the singing.

I am privileged once again to have been invited, along with Richard Morrison, Chief Music Critic of The Times, and Andrew Riley, Assistant Editor of the paper’s Register section, to judge The Times Christmas Carol Competition 2013.  Open to amateur composers aged 18 to 108, this year’s competition attracted more than 300 entries in a wide range of different styles.  We asked for carols that were singable, memorable, and had musical integrity, and both winning entries stood out because of their melodic qualities and their ability to hold the interest of the listener.  I was particularly pleased to find two winners who produced totally contrasting pieces:  Ben Lister’s The Noisy Stable is fast-paced and witty, and Alan Turley’s Nativity is wonderfully slow and reflective.

David Hill

 

Resources

The Times launch their 2013 Carol Competition
Find out more about The Times Carol Competition.
www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/article3797121.ece