7:30 pm19:30

A Light in the Darkness

  • St Mary-at-Hill church

Tickets: Earlybird discount £12 (£15 from 10th December) / Student concession £10

Londinium's festive programme traces the journey from Old Testament prophecy to the events of the Nativity in a superb selection of a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. Highlights include Poulenc's lyrical Four Christmas Motets, music by Brahms, Byrd, Lassus, Mendelssohn, Mouton and Schütz, and, from our own time, works by James MacMillan and Cecilia McDowall. Our programme closes with a rare performance of Schoenberg's glorious early masterpiece Friede auf Erden: an unforgettable, sumptuously-scored clarion call for harmony and brotherhood in a fractured world.

Felix Mendelssohn: Im Advent
James MacMillan: O Radiant Dawn
Heinrich Schutz: Tröstet, Tröstet mein Volk
Thea Musgrave: Hear The Voice of the Bard
William Byrd: Vigilate
Cecilia McDowell: O Oriens
Johannes Brahms: O Heiland, reis die Himmel auf
John Sheppard: Verbum caro factus est
Felix Mendelssohn: Frohlocket ihr Völker auf Erden
Francis Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Jean Mouton: Nesciens Mater
Orlande de Lassus: Resonet in laudibus
John Ireland: The Holy Boy
Arnold Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden

The Seven Ages of Man
7:30 pm19:30

The Seven Ages of Man

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

Inspired by Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" monologue from As You Like It, this beguiling programme of unaccompanied choral music traced a course from the cradle to the grave. Our intriguing and eclectic journey began with the tender sounds of Eric Whitacre's Sleep My Child, and ended with William Harris' luscious Bring us, O Lord God, taking in music old (Dufay, Tallis, Gabrieli, Byrd) and new (Dominick Argento's There was a naughty boy, Bob Chilcott’s Even such is time), as well as evergreen works by Bruckner, Parry and Holst. The centrepiece of our programme was Thea Musgrave's 2010 Proms commission Ithaca, a celebration of life's journey in all its splendour.

Orlando Gibbons: What is our life
Eric Whitacre: Sleep My Child
Thomas Tallis: O ye tender babes
Dominick Argento: There was a naughty boy
Hubert Parry: My delight and thy delight
Sebastián de Vivanco: Veni, dilecte mi
Thea Musgrave: Ithaca
Guillaume Dufay: Kyrie from Missa L'homme armé
Andrea Gabrieli: Sento, sent'un rumor ch'al ciel si estolle
Anton Bruckner: Os justi meditabitur
Thomas Morley: Sing we and chant it
William Byrd: Retire my soule
Gustav Holst: Nunc dimittis
Peter Cornelius: Grablied
Bob Chilcott: Even such is time
William Harris: Bring us, O Lord God