LIVE FROM LONDON - Christmas


VOCES8's online festival returns with 16 concerts, filmed live from their stunning

church in the heart of the city and from venues across the world.


“Be prepared to be blown away by VOCES8’s online choral festival Live from London.”

— IVAN HEWETT, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH



 Featuring a starry line-up from the UK, the US and across Europe, the festival also supports the VOCES8 Foundation’s global message of music education for all by gifting young performers from across the world a stage for their singing.

The internationally renowned line-up includes hosts VOCES8, with vocal groups The Tallis Scholars, Take 6, I Fagiolini, London Adventist Chorale, Anúna, Amarcord, The Aeolians, and Apollo5. Soloists in the series include baroque violinist Rachel Podger (A Guardian Angel) and baritone Roderick Williams (Solstice); Roderick also appears in Bach For Christmas.


The Gabrieli Consort & Players directed by Paul McCreesh present a stunning line-up of soloists in Bach For Christmas filmed at St John’s Smith Square, London.  The six Christmas Oratorio cantatas, will each be broadcast on the day for which they were liturgically written.


Including six new commissions from Ken Burton, Melissa Dunphy, Jocelyn Hagen, Taylor Scott Davis, Paul Smith, Roderick Williams, and repertoire ranging from Bach, Praetorius, Eccard, Charpentier and Tallis, to Howells, Britten, Michael McGlynn, Alec Roth, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Ola Gjeilo all filmed in ultra high definition and featuring your favourite seasonal a cappella -  Live From London is ‘all you want for Christmas’.


Broadcast at 2pm EST | 7pm GMT, ticket holders will be able to tune in live and/or on demand from the date of broadcast until 12pm GMT on 15th January.  Each broadcast concert lasts 60 minutes.  Purchase one of our season tickets now:


Tickets


LIVE From London Season Tickets*


Christmas 'Extra'

Access to all 16 concerts, including the Gabrieli's Bach for Christmas

£120 | €135 | US$150 | CA$205 | AU$215 | JP¥16,500


Christmas 

Access to the first 11 concerts, including the opening cantata of Bach's Christmas Oratorio

£80 | €90 | US$100 | CA$135 | AU$145 | JP¥10,500


Bach for Christmas

Access to six Gabrieli concerts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

£50 | €55 | US$65 | CA$85 | AU$90 | JP¥7,000

LIVE FROM LONDON

I Fagiolini

ROBERT HOLLINGWORTH  DIRECTOR


Thursday 24th December 2020

2pm EST |  7pm GMT



‘Long, Long, Ago’ - Messe De Minuit


Inspired by the poem of a British prisoner of war written eighty years ago, this Anglo-French-Welsh celebration of Midnight Mass weaves four classic carol-anthems by Herbert Howells into the stylish finesse of Charpentier’s 17th Century Messe de Minuit for voices, strings and flutes, itself a feast of Baroque carols. Mulled alongside, the poignant and comic spoken word of Dylan Thomas' magical A Child's Christmas in Wales and Bo Holton’s beautiful work First Snow.


"Do something," he said. And we threw all our snowballs into the smoke - I think we missed Mr. Prothero - and ran out of the house to the telephone box.  "Let's call the police as well," Jim said. "And the ambulance." "And Ernie Jenkins, he likes fires."


Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Messe de minuit

Howells, Herbert: Long, long ago

Howells, Herbert: The spotless rose

Howells, Herbert: Sing Lullaby

Howells, Herbert: Here is the little door

Holten, Bo: First Snow

Rachel Podger & VOCES8

BARNABY SMITH  DIRECTOR


Tuesday 1st December 2020

2pm EST | 7pm GMT


A Guardian Angel


In a special Advent edition of their acclaimed collaboration A Guardian Angel, Rachel Podger and VOCES8 open LIVE From London – Christmas with reflections from the metaphorical ‘Guardian Angel’ on the top of our Christmas trees. “We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians” (Saint Ambrose). This beautiful, candlelit meditation includes solo Biber and Bach for which Rachel is acclaimed, alongside advent carols and prayers by Praetorius, Claas, Mendelssohn and Britten, Jonathan Dove’s moving The Three Kings and Owain Park’s Antiphon for the Angels which was written especially for the original project. Alec Roth’s Men and Angels, with a new violin part written especially for Rachel, receives its premiere performance.


“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter around the world of the Baroque and Classical. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, Rachel is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.  Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School.


VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble's performance and education ethos.

Apollo5

CLARE STEWART  DIRECTOR


Plus Young Performer spotlight performance from 

the Voices of Singapore Children's Choir


Sunday 6th December 2020

2pm EST | 7pm GMT


The Crimson Sun


The glorious, rich sound of Apollo5 brings something new to the traditional classical Christmas repertoire. The five singers bring their inimitable charm to this programme with repertoire ranging from Josquin to Judy Garland. The programme includes new arrangements of well loved traditional melodies by Fraser Wilson, Barnaby Smith and Matt Greenwood, as well as a joyful contemporary carol by Alexander Campkin, The Crimson Sun.


The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 gives versatile and engaging performances of a wide repertoire from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop in the UK and internationally.


Apollo5 is part of the VOCES8 Foundation, and is committed to providing inspiring musical opportunities to young people. They will be performing in their home venue, the VOCES8 Centre.

Take 6 & London Adventist Chorale

KEN BURTON  DIRECTOR LONDON ADVENTIST CHORALE


Plus Young Performer spotlight performance from VERSA


Sunday 13th December 2020 2pm EST | 7pm GMT


Holiday Wishes: Only For You


Recorded exclusively for the Live From London audience, Take 6 brings their special blend of voices to these holiday favourites. Celebrate the season with the world famous Take 6!


New Beginnings


The award-winning London Adventist Chorale is known particularly for its delivery of a cappella sacred music of the African American tradition. ‘New Beginnings’ reflects on 2020 - where life changed with both the pandemic, and with the wider conversation worldwide. Its programme includes music by African American composer Rosephanye Powell, by artistic director Ken Burton, and by the late Moses Hogan.


Take 6, heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.


The London Adventist Chorale was formed in 1981, to bring together and develop the latent talents of singers from various Seventh-day Adventist Churches. Its current principal conductor is Ken Burton, who has conducted the choir for over two decades. The choir has made a strong impact on the choral world internationally through its moving performances, combining, as one music critic put it, 'discipline with fervour'. Its repertoire over the years has included music in Hebrew, African-American Spirituals, close harmony, and Western choral music from Renaissance through to new commissions.

ANÚNA

MICHAEL MCGLYNN  DIRECTOR 


Sunday 20th December 2020 2pm EST | 7pm GMT


A Whisper Of Paradise


ANÚNA presents a programme of music for winter infused in the mystical and literary connections, omnipresent in the Irish landscape, where there exists a fine line between the natural world and the divine.


This concert will include seasonal classics alongside the distinctive repertoire that has been created by Anúna’s composer and artistic director Michael McGlynn. The programme features music from the Irish tradition including haunting renditions of Irish carols alongside well known Anúna repertoire such as Jerusalem, Song of the Wind and Dúlamán.


Founded in 1987 by Dublin composer Michael McGlynn, ANÚNA performs repertoire created by him, including reconstructions of medieval music from Ireland, traditional song arrangements and original music.


Their atmospheric performances have taken them all over the world, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, and their voices have enhanced a huge variety of work that includes Riverdance and the soundtracks of Diablo III and Xenoblade Chronicles in recent years.


VOCES8 & The Aeolians

MICHAEL MCGLYNN  VOCES8 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

JASON MAX FERDINAND THE AEOLIANS DIRECTOR


Plus Young Performer spotlight performance from the German Gents


Saturday 5th December 2020

2pm EST | 7pm GMT


Solstice


As the days reach their darkest, VOCES8 presents a special programme that reflects upon a tumultuous year whilst also celebrating the Christmas season. A set of 6 new pieces from a wonderful group of composers commissioned by the VOCES8 Foundation receive their world premiere performances: Ken Burton (Descend to Earth), Taylor Scott Davis (Solstice), Melissa Dunphy (Halcyon Days), Jocelyn Hagen (Mother’s Song), Paul Smith (Let’s walk together) and Roderick Williams (Winter Nights). We’re thrilled that Roderick will also be singing in the premiere of Descend to Earth.


He Is...Let Us Rejoice! 


The Aeolians of Oakwood University invite you to join them in a multi-genre journey. As conductor Jason Max Ferdinand says, "These are perilous times, yet, this Christmas season can be a source of joy and good cheer. This program will be crafted and produced from a crucible of logistical mountains, but we hope that our presentation will bring smiles to your faces and bliss to your hearts".


The volume has increased on the rhetoric that serves to divide us as a people. This Christmas jubilee celebration allows us to come, sit back and reflect on the healing power of music. We, the Aeolians, hope to share riveting rhythms, passionate poetry and clear-cut crescendos. However, we are more concerned with executing the all-important crescendo.... the crescendo of the human heart.


Since its inception in 1946, The Aeolians have traveled widely, touching the hearts of both young and old with their inspirational singing. Aeolian performances present a repertoire of choral music which ranges from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. They have become an authoritative exponent of Negro spirituals and Work songs which express the yearnings of their forefathers to be free.

The Tallis Scholars

PETER PHILLIPS  DIRECTOR


Plus Young Performer spotlight performance from

the National Youth Choir of Great Britain


Saturday 12th December 2020

2pm EST | 7pm GMT


Gaudete


Like so many of the greatest works of art from the Renaissance period our Christmas programme focuses on the central figures of the Madonna and Child, the inspiration for Tallis's most gilded of mass settings. The third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday, has at its heart the theme of rejoicing "Rejoice in the Lord always": Sheppard takes up both of these themes and elaborates upon them in his extraordinary Gaude, Gaude, Gaude (Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice), a tour-de-force of exotic polyphony, peppered with gimells. Britten's Hymn to the Virgin and Pärt's Bogoroditse devo (Rejoice, mother of God) reflect this uplifting theme of praise. Returning to the central figure of the Madonna to close the lid on this trove of Renaissance treasures, Spanish master Victoria paints Mary’s words in the Magnificat in startling, double-choir, technicolour “My soul doth magnify the Lord”.


The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned.

amarcord

Plus Young Performer spotlight performance from 

Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir


Saturday 19th December 2020 2pm EST | 7pm GMT


Weihnacht - 

Christmas From Germany


With excerpts from the latest CD "Weihnacht", the vocal ensemble amarcord presents a varied programme including Christmas carols from Germany such as Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Joseph, lieber Joseph mein and Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging, along with other international christmas carols pieces.


New Beginnings


The award-winning London Adventist Chorale is known particularly for its delivery of a cappella sacred music of the African American tradition. ‘New Beginnings’ reflects on 2020 - where life changed with both the pandemic, and with the wider conversation worldwide. Its programme includes music by African American composer Rosephanye Powell, by artistic director Ken Burton, and by the late Moses Hogan.


For amarcord, it all began in Leipzig – a city which has lived, breathed and celebrated music for centuries. Founded in 1992 by members of St Thomas’s Boys Choir who dreamed of making their shared passion for vocal music their career. These days, following a string of highly acclaimed CD recordings, awards and international recitals, amarcord has long been a household name in the world of vocal ensembles.


VOCES8

BARNABY SMITH  DIRECTOR


Plus Young Performer spotlight performance from the VOCES8 Scholars


Wed 23rd December 2020 2pm EST | 7pm GMT


Winter Tales


To round off their involvement in the festival, having performed their Guardian Angel programme with baroque violinist Rachel Podger and the Solstice new commissions concert of six world premiere pieces, VOCES8 sings you some seasonal a cappella choral music that is peaceful and joyful in equal measure. Repertoire includes music by J.S. Bach, Sweelinck, Benjamin Britten, Philip Stopford and Jonathan Rathbone alongside arrangements of lighter repertoire.


VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble's performance and education ethos.


The Choir of

Westminster Abbey

JAMES O’DONNELL  DIRECTOR | PETER HOLDER  ORGAN


Tuesday 15th December 2020 2pm EST | 7pm GMT


‘What Sweeter Music’: Christmas At Westminster Abbey


Taking its inspiration from the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols, the world-renowned Choir of Westminster Abbey presents its annual carol concert exclusively for LIVE From London - Christmas.  An enticing selection of seasonal choral music ranging from Tudor polyphony to contemporary classics showcases the choir, whilst much-loved carols and biblical readings tell the story of Christmas.  Atmospherically presented in the uniquely historic setting and gothic splendour of Westminster Abbey, this is an unforgettable way to experience the joy of the Christmas message in these uncertain times.

BACH FOR CHRISTMAS

Gabrieli Consort & Players

PAUL MCCRESH  DIRECTOR


Plus Young Performer spotlight: Gabrieli Roar


LIVE From London - 6 Concerts From St John’s Smith Square


Friday 25th December 2020 to Wednesday 6th January 2021 

2pm EST |  7pm GMT



‘Long, Long, Ago’ - Messe De Minuit


In its first performances since lockdown, the world-renowned Gabrieli Consort & Players under founder and director Paul McCreesh, present some of today’s finest exponents of Bach in the composer’s beloved Christmas Oratorio BWV 248. Bach’s six Christmas cantatas are often performed but rarely as he originally envisaged, one cantata on each of the six most important feast days of Christmas. Gabrieli’s acclaimed Bach interpretations, presented “…with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy…” (The Times), are further illuminated by carols and chorales woven around each of the cantatas; in the spirit of the season, these will be sung by Gabrieli Roar’s young singers from the ensemble’s ‘Bach to School’ project.


Concerts:


Bach Christmas Oratorio BWV248


The Birth Of Jesus: 25 December 2020  

Cantata I Jauchzet, frohlocket!


Shepherds And Angels: 26 December 2020

Cantata II Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend


At The Manger: 27 December 2020

Cantata III Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen


The Naming Of Jesus: 1 January 2021

Cantata IV Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben


Herod: 3 January 2021

Cantata V Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen


The Three Kings: 6 January 2021

Cantata VI Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben

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A series of six streamed programmes for Christmas and New Year, filmed in ultra high definition in conjunction with LIVE from London - Christmas. Each concert will feature a chorale sung by the young students of Gabrieli Roar and will be preceded by an introduction from Paul McCreesh and his musicians. The concert series can be purchased as part of LIVE From London – Christmas Extra, or on its own right as a series to enjoy with your family over the holidays – it’s ‘all you want for Christmas’.  


Anna Dennis

Carolyn Sampson 

SOPRANOS  


Helen Charlston

MEZZOSOPRANO


Tim Mead

COUNTERTENOR


Jeremy Budd

Hugo Hymas

TENORS  


Ashley Riches

Roderick Williams

BASS-BARITONES

TICKETS

Please read carefully before coming back with questions: most of the answers are here!

There are 15 concerts: 9 individual concerts then 6 Bach concerts by the Gabrieli Consort.



There are 3 types of season ticket:


[1]

 all 16 concerts - called ‘Christmas Extra’

£120


[2]

11 concerts (the first 10 individual concerts 

and the first of the six Bach), called ‘Christmas’

£80


[3]

The 6 Bach Concerts only, called ‘Bach for Christmas’

£50


We are also selling individual tickets for the I Fagiolini concert only – £12.50


If you want to buy individual tickets for other concerts (or the student discount) go to 

https://voces8.foundation/livefromlondon-christmas


All concerts will be available to watch at your own convenience

for several weeks after the performance.



TO BUY A TICKET


1) Transfer the amount to these details:
I Fagiolini Projects Ltd      Acct: 14874868      Sort Code: 30-96-86


Payment reference: your own surname
Please be careful to input all details correctly.

If you can’t do bank transfers in this way, email us for other options but this is preferred

.

2) email christmas@ifagiolini.com to tell us what ticket you have bought

We will respond to confirm receipt of your funds. 

(This is not an office but one person at a laptop 

– she will normally respond within a few hours though.)

The codes and instructions for watching will be sent out 2 weeks before the first performance.

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