Photo: Keith Saunders

December marks a busy month for revered choral conductor, Stephen Layton. The month began with Layton conducting the Vlaams Radio Koor as part of a tour which marked his debut with the group. The concert, at Flagey, Brussels, was the last performance of the tour which had also taken in venues such as Bruges Concertgebouw and the Miry Concertzall, Gent. The atmospheric programme included Howells Requiem, David Lang Death Speaks and Ola Gjeilo Days of Beauty as part of a theme that focused on ‘dreams’.

Layton’s schedule then brought him back to Cambridge, for a rousing concert with the inimitable Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, which included repertoire by the Finnish composer, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, as well as Eriks Esenvalds and J.S. Bach. From there, Layton headed to Cardiff for a return to the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales for a performance of Handel’s Messiah with soloists including Katy Watson, Iestyn Davies and Neal Davies.

Towards the end of the month, Stephen Layton will travel to Denmark, to make a welcome return to the Odense Symphony Orchestra for three performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio  (parts 1-3). He will then round off the month with two performances at the St. John’s, Smith Square Christmas Festival: Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Handel Messiah with Polyphony and the OAE. There are still some available tickets for these concerts. Please click here for further information.