Temple Winter Festival 2014

Temple Flyer15-19 December 2014

Presented by Temple Church and Hazard Chase, in association with BBC Radio 3


It is a great pleasure to welcome BBC Radio 3 and Hazard Chase back for this, our second Temple Winter Festival.  What a wonderful week of music we enjoyed at last year’s festival, and this year promises to be no different!   It is a joy to welcome some of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles into our Church to celebrate with us again.  Gramophone Award winners Vox Luminis will treat us to festive German music including works by Schütz and J.C.Bach.  Stephen Layton will return to Temple Church with the outstanding Polyphony to perform a programme that includes extracts from Sir John Tavener’s masterpiece The Veil of the Temple, which was premiered at Temple Church.   Gallicantus will treat us to Monumental Music for Christmas by the likes of Tallis and Josquin. Temple Church Choir will begin our own Magna Carta celebrations by performing a world premiere by American composer Nico Muhly. And finally we welcome back the BBC Singers to perform the Messiah, with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and a wonderful line up of soloists.

Our Director of Music Roger Sayer and I and all of us here look forward to welcoming you to the Temple Church for a remarkable week of winter music to get us in the mood for Christmas.

Robin Griffith-Jones

Monday 15 December: 7.30pm

Vox Luminis, 2014VOX LUMINIS – Puer Natus in Bethleem
Director, Lionel Meunier

The amazing vocal ensemble Vox Luminis serves up a feast of late Renaissance and early Baroque music celebrating the birth of Christ. Directed by Lionel Meunier, this ensemble’s inspiring music making is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world.

‘Once again, Vox Luminis have touched the heart with their calm interpretative intelligence and vocal beauty.’ Gramophone 2013

Schütz : Deutsches Magnificat – Hodie Christus natus est – O lieber Herr Gott – Ein Kind ist uns geboren
Schein : Nun komm der Heinden Heiland, Von Himmel Hoch, Gelobet seist Du Jesu Christ
M Praetorius : Angelus ad pastores ait – Wie Schön leuchtet der Morgen stern
Pachelbel : Singet dem Herrn
J.M. Bach : Fürchtet Euch nicht – Sei, lieber Tag, wilkommen
J.C. Bach : Merk auf, mein Herz und sieh dorthin
H. Praetorius : In dulci Jubilo
Scheidt : Puer natus in Bethleem – Jauchzet Gott alle Land – Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein – Das alte Jahr vergangen ist

Ticket prices: £30, £25, £20, £10

Tuesday 16 December: 7.30pm

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

POLYPHONY – An English Christmas
Director, Stephen Layton

Polyphony was formed by Stephen Layton in 1986 for a concert in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Since then the choir has performed and recorded regularly to great critical acclaim throughout the world.  In a new poll by Gramophone Magazine they were named as one of the world’s leading choirs – “Stephen Layton’s choir have become renowned for both their sound and versatility  – whether in early music, or contemporary works such as those of Eric Whitacre, they embody the remarkable tradition of British choral excellence at its finest.”  This evening they will present a festive programme of 20th Century English music, featuring works by the likes of Sir John Tavener and Herbert Howells.

Byrt : All and some
Howells : Three Carol-Anthems – No.1 Here is the little door
Howells : Long, Long Ago
Howells : Three Carol-Anthems – No.3 Sing Lullaby
Warlock : As dew in Aprylle
Warlock : Bethlehem Down, ‘When he is King we will give him the King’s gifts’
Warlock : I saw a fair maiden
Warlock/Carter : Lullaby my Jesus
Warlock : A Cornish Christmas Carol
Warlock : Benedicamus Domino
Tavener : Today the Virgin
Tavener : The Lamb
Tavener : Tyger
Tavener : A Hymn to the Mother of God
Leighton : Of a rose is all my song
Leighton : A Hymn of the Nativity
Leighton : Three Carols, Op 25 No.1 The Star-song
Leighton : Three Carols, Op 25 No.2 Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
Leighton, Kenneth: Op 25 No.3 An ode of the birth of Saviour
Rathbone : Oxen
Wishart : Three Carols, Op 17 No.3 Alleluya, a new Work is come on Hand

Ticket prices: 30, £25, £20, £10

Wednesday 17 December: 7.30pm

Gallicantus1GALLICANTUS – Beyond the Natural Order

This program extracts highlights from two of the most complex, florid and grand masses of the sixteenth century, both of which were composed upon a Christmas theme – The ‘Missa Puer natus est nobis’ of Thomas Tallis, which was perhaps written for a grand celebration of the visit of Phillip II of Spain to England in the 1550s, and the ‘Missa Praeter rerum seriem’, Cipriano de Rore’s masterful parody of Josquin’s great Christmas motet of the same name.

Verdelot :  Beata es Virgo
Josquin des Prez: Praeter rerum seriem
De Rore: Kyrie: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
Anon. Puer natus est nobis
Tallis: Gloria: Missa Puer natus est nobis
De Rore: Credo: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
Tallis: Sanctus and Benedictus:  Missa Puer natus est nobis
De Rore: Agnus I: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
Tallis : Agnus II: Missa Puer natus est nobis

Ticket prices: £30, £25, £20, £10

Thursday 18 December: 7.30pm

Photo: Patrick Allen

Photo: Patrick Allen

Director, Roger Sayer

Organ, Greg Morris

Temple Church Choir return home to perform an eclectic evening of 20th and 21st century choral music embracing popular music from England and  America. The programme celebrates Christmas and the forthcoming Magna Carta celebrations, including the world premier of The Temple Church Choir’s new commission
by Nico Muhly.

Britten : Te Deum and Jubilate in C
Organ and Brass interlude
Whitacre:  Lux arumuque
Whitacre: Sleep
Muhly : Our Present Charter (World Premiere)
Walton: The Twelve
Bednall: Iubilium
Rutter: Gloria

Ticket prices: £30, £25, £20, £10

Friday 19 December: 7.00pm

Photo: Sophie Laslett

Photo: Sophie Laslett

BBC SINGERS – Handel: Messiah
David Hill, conductor

Fflur Wyn, soprano
Robin Blaze, counter-tenor
Samuel Boden, tenor
David Soar, bass
Norwegian Wind Ensemble

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble is one of the oldest and most revered cultural institutions in Scandinavia – a virtuoso woodwind and brass orchestra founded in 1734. In recent years this trailblazing group, as well as regular forays into the field of contemporary music, has made a speciality of creating wind band versions of the Baroque classics – giving new life to familiar works through their amazing performances. They join the BBC Singers for two special performances of Handel’s Messiah: come and enjoy this great Christmas favourite and marvel at the NWE’s electrifying playing, the choral brilliance of the BBC Singers, and a top-flight team of soloists directed by David Hill.

Ticket prices: £30, £25, £20, £10

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