Saturday 2 December 2017, 7.30 pm Pittville Pump Room

Buxtehude – Christmas Cantata: Das neugeborene Kindelein

Corelli – Christmas Concerto (orchestra)

Vaughan Williams – The First Nowell

Bach – Zion hört die Wachter singen  from Cantata 140


Helen Wright (soprano)

Melvin Brown (baritone)

The Regency Sinfonia

Although Buxtehude is known primarily for his organ music he also composed over 120 vocal works, and Das neugeborne Kindelein (The new-born little child) is a short cantata for choir and string orchestra which sets four verses of text from the late 16th century celebrating the new-born Jesus and the coming of a new church year. It is very pleasant Baroque music in which Buxtehude achieves an excellent balance between his vocal and instrumental writing.

Ralph Vaughan Williams loved Christmas music and composed examples of it throughout his long life. The First Nowell, written in 1958, was the very last work that he wrote and is a delight to perform with its selection of arrangements of well-known carols. It is in effect a nativity play, containing parts for several speakers in addition to two soloists, choir and orchestra. However, in CKCS we have a very special reason for wishing to perform this work: it was the mother of one of our choir members who wrote the words for the spoken parts of the work!

Concert Details

Pittville Pump Room
2 Dec 2017

Ticket Prices

Under 25s