GUSTAV HOLSTIn the bleak midwinter
PETER WARLOCKBethlehem Down
HELEN LEACHTouch of Heaven (from Letters from the Owl House) – solo cello
CECILIA MCDOWALLNow may we singen
CAPPERAULDThe Night Watch (World Premiere)*
JOHN TAVENERThe Lamb
JOHN TAVENERChant – solo cello
POULENCQuatre motets pour le temps de Noël:
- O magnum mysterium
- Quem vidistis pastores
- Videntes stellam
- Hodie Christus natus est
J S BACHSarabande (from Suite No 4 in E-flat) – solo cello
SALLY BEAMISHIn the Stillness
TRAD arr RUTTERWexford Carol
ERIC WHITACRELux Aurumque
Gregory Batsleer Chorus Director
Philip Higham Cello
The simple beauty of unaccompanied voices – what better way to celebrate the coming festive season?
The SCO Chorus’s annual Christmas concert has become a firm fixture in Scotland’s musical calendar: experience the singers’ radiant tones under expert Director Gregory Batsleer in music to warm your heart and lift your spirit.
Francis Poulenc provides four exquisite miniature scenes from the nativity story, while revered choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque is a shimmering contemplation of the season, and SCO Associate Composer Jay Capperauld unveils a brand new-choral piece, a setting of Niall Campbell's poem The Night Watch.
*Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra