And so this is Christmas! Cambridge’s King’s College Choir and Britten Sinfonia once again join forces under the baton of Stephen Cleobury in a programme of jubilant energy and quiet reflection. Christmas 1723 in Leipzig must have been a memorable one for those lucky enough to hear the first performance of Bach’s glorious Magnificat. Respighi’s exquisite musical drama celebrates the birth of Jesus, and Poulenc’s haunting motets, with their beguiling harmonies, bring that very special sense of peace and wonder.
Programme & Performers
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 2 Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel Respighi Lauda per la Nativita del Signore Bach Magnificat
Britten Sinfonia Stephen Cleobury conductor Lucy Crowe soprano Kitty Whatley mezzo-soprano James Laing counter-tenor Ben Johnson tenor Ashley Riches bass King’s College Choir, Cambridge