Of one that is so fair and bright

Date(s) - 10/12/2017
5:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church

USA Tour

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Graham Ross | conductor
Eleanor Carter | organ
Of one that is so fair and bright

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross present a sumptuous Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light.  Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis’s sublime ‘Videte miraculum’ and Hieronymus Praetorius’s Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original interpolated carols) sit alongside more recent much-loved seasonal works, including motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener, Rutter and Ross, and some highly-catchy arrangements guaranteed to put you in the festive mood.  A perfect start to the Christmas season.

THOMAS TALLIS (c. 1505–85) Videte miraculum

PLAINSONG Verbum supernum prodiens
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (c. 1525–94) Surge, illuminare
WILLIAM BYRD (c. 1539/40–1623) Vigilate

HOWARD SKEMPTON (b. 1947) Adam lay ybounden
HERBERT HOWELLS (1892–1983) Long, long ago

HIERONYMUS PRAETORIUS (1560–1629) Magnificat quinti toni (with Josef lieber and In dulci jubilo)

JOHN TAVENER (1944–2013) Today the Virgin
JOHN TAVENER God is with us (5’)

– interval –

CHARLES WOOD (1866–1926) Hail, gladdening light!
JOHN JOUBERT (b. 1927) Torches

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–76) A Hymn to the Virgin
PIERRE VILLETTE (1926–98) Hymne à la Vierge
JOSHUA PACEY (b. 1995) I sing of a maiden (world première)

TRADITIONAL arr. DAVID WILLCOCKS (1919–2015) The infant king
JOHN RUTTER (b. 1945) What sweeter music

WILL TODD (b. 1970) My Lord has come
FRANZ GRÜBER (1787–1863) arr. GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1985) Silent night (world première)

WILLIAM MATHIAS (1934–92) A babe is born
JAMES BURTON (b. 1974) Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Arr. JAMES MAWSON (b. 1988) Santa Baby
Trad. arr. FREDERIC AUSTIN (1872–1952) arr. IAN HUMPRHIS (1927–2012) The Twelve Days of Christmas