Temple Winter Festival 2017

Temple Winter Festival 2017

"... a festival of high class seasonal music and performance"



11 December, 7:30pm: Temple Church Choir

Temple Church Choir

‘This is music-making of an inspired and magical kind.’ – Choir & Organ


12 December, 7:30pm: Merton College Choir

‘one of the UK’s finest choral ensembles’ – The Guardian


13 December, 1:00pm: Greg Morris, organ

‘a born musician’ – The Organ


13 December, 7:30pm: The Tallis Scholars

Photo: Nick Rutter

‘The rock stars of renaissance vocal music’ – New York Times


14 December, 1:00pm: The Gesualdo Six

Photo: Ash Mills

‘At times you felt like there were a hundred voices; at others, only one’ – Varsity


15 December, 2:00pm: BBC Singers, Owain Park (conductor)

The BBC Singers rehearsal for a performance, in Milton Court on Saturday, 28 January 2017. Photo by Mark Allan/BBC

‘The BBC Singers were on luminous form’ – The Daily Telegraph


15 December, 7:30pm: VOCES8

‘VOCES8 are undoubtedly gifted’ – The Times


About the Festival

I am delighted to be introducing the 5th season of the Temple Winter Festival.

Since its first incarnation in 2013, the festival has continued to grow in stature, showcasing a superb range of talent both from the UK and abroad.  The Temple Church’s stunning acoustic and its atmospheric surroundings continue to make this a special place to come at any time, and it feels particularly magical in the run up to Christmas.  We are privileged indeed to be able to work in such a place.

This year we open the Festival with our own Temple Church Choir which continues to go from strength to strength. We also welcome back festival favourites The Tallis Scholars and Temple Church organist Greg Morris.  Talented young artists The Gesualdo Six make their Temple Church debut and their acclaimed director, Owain Park will also make his conducting debut with the world renowned BBC Singers.  We are thrilled to welcome actor Anthony Andrews who will join the Merton College Choir for a programme of music combined with seasonal readings, and to round it all off we welcome VOCES8 to the festival for the first time.  All in all a wonderful start to the year’s festivities.

I am greatly looking forward to it, and hope to see you there.

Guy Beringer

Chairman, Temple Music Foundation

Project Manager

Anna Edwards (Cambridge)