The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, led by Music Director Andrew Nethsingha embark on a festive tour through Germany and France. The programmes include a delightful mixture of favourite Christmas classics from across the ages, and Organ works performed by Giles Dempsey and Joseph Wicks.
The Choir begins its tour with a performance inside the Schlosskirche in Wittenburg, before moving on to The Stiftskirche – the main church of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Stuttgart – singing offerings from Ralph Vaughan Williams John Rutter and Giles Swayne, interspersed with Organ works from Bach and Buxtehude.
The third concert, at the abbey church of Dom St Blasien, situated within the dense woodland of the southern Black Forest, will host a concert covering British composers including Robert Parsons, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Cecilia McDowall as well as former St John’s Choral Scholar, James Burton. Pieces from the St John’s Choir Christmas recording and organ works from J. S. Bach will also feature.
For the final concert the choir travels to Aix-en-Provence. The performance venue is the contemporary “Grand Theatre.” The programme begins with William Byrd’s “Mass in Four Voices”, a gem of the English Choral tradition, followed by British compositions from across the ages as well as a selection of Christmas favourites to prepare you for the week ahead.