O Magnum Mysterium – Christmas Concert 2019

Thursday 5th December – St Pancras Church, Euston

The mystery of the Virgin birth is at the centre of the traditional sacred Christmas repertoire.  This programme will highlight settings of the Latin text O Magnum Mysterium from the Matins of Christmas and dating back to the first millennium AD.  Experience the varied way in which this text has been interpreted over the ages, from the rich polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria (1572) to the sparse and haunting harmonies of Francis Poulenc (1952) in his Four Christmas Motets and the lush enveloping sweep of Morten Lauridsen’s setting from 1994.

At the other end of the Christmas spectrum, the programme will also feature a number of swing arrangements of modern festive songs such as Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, Let it Snow and Jingle Bells.  These clever and engaging arrangements hold the listener’s attention with their new perspective on old favourites.

Interspersed will be carols old and new, and no Christmas concert is complete without plenty of opportunities for audience participation.

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Date(s) - 05/12/2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

St Pancras Church, Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London