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A Choral Celebration

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

BBC Symphony Chorus on the Barbican stage, with BBC SO branding around the edges

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.

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