The Leconfield Singers’ Christmas Concert
Saturday 19th December 2015 at 6pm
St Mary’s Church Petworth
The Leconfield Singers are delighted to present their annual Christmas concert
at St Mary’s Church, Petworth. The evening will offer a sparkling start to the festive
season with a rich international programme as well as traditional carols inviting
Please note: No tickets will be sold at the door as we are completely SOLD OUT!
The programme, with its treasure of delights will herald in a winter’s night and cheer on the Festive Season. We really hope you can join us.
Two movements of the richly melodic Navidad Nuestra by Argentinian
composer Ariel Ramírez – a folk drama of the nativity based on the rhythms and
traditions of Spanish America – this work brings Latin energy to a story with
universal appeal. El Nacimiento (The Nativity) is simple and contemplative while
Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) is more energetic and emotional.
After a successful concert in Arundel Cathedral this summer featuring work by
modern British composer Cecilia McDowall, we return to her repertoire with a
performance of her vibrant Nativity cantata, Christus Natus Est, which brings her
trademark rhythmic vitality to several well known Christmas hymns.
Brian Knowles, a member of the choir and a prolific composer and musician, has
created a beautiful new carol, Love Came Down at Christmas. The much loved
words by renowned poet Christina Rosetti have been set in a simple yet moving
choral style capturing the sincerity of the text. The final verse perfectly reflects its
positive message of ‘Love to God and all men’.
The concert also offers three original carols for choir by composer Chris Williams
whose expressive works delight audiences and choirs alike, whenever they are sung.
The English Philharmonia, conducted by Graham Wili and drawn from the finest
professional musicians in the UK, will bring the evening alive with a wonderful brass
accompaniment for the choir, as well as performances of John Iveson’s uplifting
arrangement of carols, A Carol Fantasy, and an amusing arrangement of Have
Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Davies.
The organist for the evening is Philip Scriven, widely regarded as one of the finest
organists of his generation, who is currently assistant conductor and accompanist of
the world-renowned Bach choir.
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The Leconfield Singers
Their Christmas Concert has almost become a tradition as they return to St Mary’s Church for their fourth Christmas Concert under their Musical Director and Conductor Graham Wili.
Graham Wili (Conductor)
Graham has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues in England and abroad, and made his Royal Festival Hall conducting debut in 2003 with Verdi’s Requiem. His most recent RFH appearance was in 2008 with the world premiere of Chris Williams’s Songs of the Coromandel Coast. He has also worked with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, travelling to Moscow to conduct Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in December 2015 and is set to return in 2016
English Philharmonia Brass
A stunning ensemble of musicians who promise to add festive sparkle to the evening with their flourishing fanfares and rousing Carols.
Philip Scriven (Organ)
Philip is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation, and returns by popular demand following the Leconfield Singers’ tour of France.
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