Festive Music at the Chapel Royal
A series of three concerts to celebrate Advent and Christmas
November 28, 30 and 2 December 2016
£20.00 per concert
In this historic and intimate Chapel, nestled in the shadow of the Tower of London’s mighty White Tower, three acclaimed ensembles will perform three very different programmes.
Puer Natus est: A boy is born
Monday 28 November 7pm
Colm Carey, director
Tudor music in a Tudor Chapel: a Tudor celebration of Advent and Christmas, with music by Thomas Tallis, interspersed with readings. The performance will include some hauntingly beautiful plainchant as well as some of Tallis’ most expressive music including Videte miraculum and his rich and opulent 7-part mass Puer natus est.
The Odyssean Ensemble is a flexible group of singers brought together by Colm Carey to explore, through innovative projects and collaborations, the notion of music being a journey that challenges the listener and stimulates the mind, body and senses.
Caroles of Nunnes and Roses - a Medieval Yuletide
Wednesday 30 November 7pm
Belinda Sykes, director
Celebrate Yule (Christmas) with the five luscious female voices of Joglaresa, Britain’s premier Medieval Ensemble. There'll be nowells, wassails and Christmas lullabies, including the brilliant Nuns of Chester Christmas lullaby, as they accompany themselves on fidel, harp, bells, bagpipes and percussion.
Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992. Now well-established, they are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music.
Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional musics but, rather than create a 'fusion' or a surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences (upbringings drenched in traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan and Middle Eastern music) to create a homogenous sound.
A Ceremony of Carols - music for Harp and Choir
Friday 2 December 7pm
Colm Carey, director
Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London
Helen Sharp, harp
A varied and colourful programme of music for Advent and Christmas, including Britten’s iconic Ceremony of Carols and the ever evocative Coventry Carol, in modern clothes.
The Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, is one of Britain's leading chapel choirs and occupies a place at the heart of the nation's royal heritage. Formed of twelve professional singers - who also perform regularly with distinguished consorts and opera companies in the UK and abroad – the Choir continues the tradition of musical excellence central to the English royal court.