English Music Festival Christmas Concerts | 17th & 18th December 2020 | Horsham, West Sussex
English Music Festival Christmas Concerts at St Mary’s Church in Horsham on 17th & 18th December 2020, celebrating Britain’s rich musical heritage by showcasing the brilliance, innovation and beauty of works by British composers with two Christmas Concerts.
English Music Festival Christmas Concerts in Horsham – 17th & 18th December
THE ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL (EMF) celebrates Britain’s rich musical heritage by showcasing the brilliance, innovation and beauty of works by British composers. Our programmes span mediaeval music through to contemporary music, with a focus on the Golden Renaissance of English Music – the late nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries, and an emphasis on unearthing works that have been overlooked or forgotten.
We are delighted to announce that, following the success of and high audience acclaim for our Autumn Festival, held in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Horsham, we are bringing two English Music Festival Christmas Concerts to the same venue.
The centrepiece of these concerts is A Christmas Garland, a cornucopia of works written especially for this concert by a number of today’s leading composers, including David Matthews, Thomas Hewitt-Jones, Cecilia McDowall, Roderick Williams and Sir James MacMillan. Alongside this glorious new work, which celebrates Christmas in all aspects, from snowy melancholy through to rapture at the Holy Birth, we present Sir Hubert Parry’s youthfully energetic Freundschaftslieder (“Songs of Friendship”) for violin and piano and a number of attractive and seasonal works for harp, played by local harpist Heather Wrighton.
The second concert promises to bring the sparkle and joy of Christmas to our audiences, with Oxford Liedertafel featuring in a programme of favourite Christmas carols and much-loved part-songs, from Vaughan Williams’s Linden Lea and Elgar’s As Torrents in Summer through to choral works by Tallis and Byrd. The dynamic vocal quartet is joined by celebrated counter-tenor James Bowman as a guest reader.
Please join us for what promises to be an exhilarating and celebratory couple of concerts – the perfect overture to Christmas.
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