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Not The Messiah

Saturday December 9, 2017 at 19:30
St Peter's Church, London
£17, £15 concessions, £5 under 18s/students
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  1. Ecce virgo concipiet - William Byrd
  2. Christmas Scene, 'In terra pax' - Gerald Finzi
  3. Balulalow - Peter Warlock
  4. Prepare ye the way of the Lord - Michael Wise
  5. Vox dicentis: Clama - Edward Naylor
  6. God is with us - Sir John Tavener
  7. Surge, illuminare Jerusalem (from Motets Book 3) - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  8. Sussex Carol, 'On Christmas Night' - Traditional, arranged by Sir David Willcocks

Whilst Handel’s oratorio is widely regarded as the pinnacle of seasonal music, this concert focuses instead on the work of his librettist, Charles Jennens, whose brilliant biblical scholarship is recast in a new sequence of Christmas motets, anthems and carols. The concert will feature music by Finzi, Palestrina, Naylor, Byrd and Tavener, alongside more familiar favourites.

Bring your friends and family along for mulled wine and mince pies, join in the audience carols, and get the festive season off to a great start.

Petros Singers is a well-regarded auditioned chamber choir with a reputation for high-quality singing and innovative programmes. We perform a wide-ranging and diverse repertoire, and collaborate with top-class orchestras and soloists in West and Central London.

Richard Bannan is a baritone, conductor and arranger. He sings with many of the country's leading vocal ensembles, including the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle where he is a lay clerk.

Philippa Boyle was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge before training at il Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome where she graduated with full marks and distinction. She works internationally and is much in demand as an operatic and recital lyric soprano.

Robert Davies studied at the University of Sheffield and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before embarking on a solo baritone career, both on the opera stage and concert platform. He is also much in demand as a consort singer.

Andrew Wells has been a rehearsal pianist for many choirs including the BBC Singers and Symphony Chorus, and with Petros Singers since 1987. He is the organist of St George’s, Campden Hill, and works as a composer and editor.

St Peter's Church
Black Lion Lane
W6 9BE
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