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Skipton Choral Society Concert
Skipton Choral Society Concert Skipton Choral Society Concert
Christ Church, off Keighley Road, Skipton
BD23 2NF
Telephone: 01756 794833
Website: www.skiptonchoralsociety.com

Sunday 9 December 3:00 pm

Skipton Choral Society's Christmas Concert includes three very different examples of the English choral tradition.

Ralph Vaughan Williams based his Fantasia on Christmas Carols on four traditional English carols: The Truth sent from above; Come all you worthy gentlemen; On Christmas night all Christians sing and There is a fountain. The rich modal harmonies and powerful melodies produce the typical English sound associated with Vaughan Williams.

Benjamin Britten produces an entirely different sound with a three-part treble chorus and harp in his Ceremony of Carols. The carols are largely the product of fifteenth and sixteenth century writers, and retain their unique flavour by Britten's extensive use of Middle English, with some Latin and Early Modern English.

John Rutter's Magnificat is a musical setting of the biblical canticle completed in 1990, and includes elements of Latin American music. The text, based on the prayer ascribed by St Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ, is extended by the interpolation of Marian prayers and poems chosen by the composer, to create a celebratory work reminiscent of outdoor processions in honour of the Virgin.

Soloists for the performance are Jennifer Webb (soprano) and Jonty Ward (baritone). Musical Director Robert Ward commented "I'm really looking forward to this concert - these three pieces are so uplifting, and enjoyable to sing; we hope the audience will enjoy them as much as we will."

Tickets £10 from 01756 794833
or on the door.
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