Beautiful seasonal music performed by Candlelight
Our New Year concert will be held on the day following the Feast of the Epiphany - that time of year which marks the visit of the Three Wise Men (or Magi, or Kings) to honour the baby Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.
Instead of gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, we shall present a fascinatingly rich and varied programme of seasonal music, stretching from the 16th & 17th centuries to the present day – with old favourites to be enjoyed and some exciting new and unfamiliar music to be discovered.
Music from these shores forms the core of the programme, but music from France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway and Canada is also included, thereby making the evening a truly international celebration.
One of our sopranos, Helen Lunt, will leave the ranks for one piece to perform with the choir on the ‘cello; and we are again joined by our regular virtuoso organist, Richard Pearce.
There will be several opportunities for the audience to join in with the singing, too. For everyone present we hope that this event will trulyprove to be A Musical Epiphany.
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) Surge illuminare Jerusalem
- Robert Parsons (c.1535 – 1571/2) Ave Maria
- Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012) There is no rose
- Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) Puer natus in Bethlehem
- Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) O magnum mysterium
- Dieterich Buxtehude (1637/39-1707) Chorale Fantasia
- Richard Rodney Bennett That younge child
- William Byrd (1543 – 1623) Lullaby
- Richard Rodney Bennett Sweet was the song
- Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629) Joseph Lieber, Joseph mein
- David Willcocks Unto us is born a Son
- William Mathias (1934-92) Ave Rex (1969)
- Old German carol arr. H. Praetorius In dulci jubilo
- Richard Dering (c. 1580-1630) Quem vidistis, pastores?
- Michael Praetorius (?1571-1621) Quem pastores laudavere
- Richard Rodney Bennett Susanni
- Peter Warlock (1894-1930) Bethlehem Down
- Jan Pieterszoon Sweelink (1562-1621) Puer nobis nascitur
- Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Videntes stellam
- Herbert Howells (1892-1883) Here is the little door
- Gustav Holst (1874-1934) In the bleak midwinter
- Peter Cornelius (1824–1874) The Three Kings
- Garth Edmondson (1900-1971) Vom Himmel Hoch
- Thomas Weelkes (1576-1723) Gloria in excelsis Deo
- Will Todd (b.1970) My Lord has come
Tickets from Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Fore St, Taunton TA1 1JD Tel: 01823-340470
Open Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 4.30pm
Ticket prices: £18: £15; £11