Celebration and contemplation as the massed voices of the BBC Symphony Chorus take to the stage for a feast of English and Czech music, with just a hint of Christmas.
As a child one Christmas Eve, Gerald Finzi climbed a local hill and listened to the church bells ring out over the valleys of his beloved Gloucestershire. His ‘Christmas Scene’ In Terra Pax drew on that experience while imagining Christ’s nativity transplanted into an English countryside, idyllically frozen by winter. The result is a Christmas celebration like no other – a work whose warm glow is lined with a beautiful sense of commemoration and loss.
To open, the BBC Symphony Chorus performs Antonín Dvořák’s joyous Te Deum – a festival of blazing brass and joyous voices. After the same composer’s Serenade for Winds, another twentieth century composer looks back in Michael Tippett’s re-imagining of a Baroque-era concerto grosso by Arcangelo Corelli, as seen through 1950s spectacles.
This performance will end at approximately 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.