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Happy Christmas – 2017
A Baroque Christmas with Southern Voices
Come and join Southern Voices as we sing a Baroque Christmas in St Cross on 17 December!
This year our theme is baroque music with some fantastic carols and composers, ranging from Praetorius and Scheidt through to Bouzignac to Sweelink, via Rutter and Allain (those two not quite so baroque). And as usual, some more secular fare with Winter Wonderland and 12 days of Christmas (the latter hopefully not b-roke).
As ever, the concert will be directed by Katherine Dienes-Williams with Paul Provost at the organ.
Tickets: £16 (Concessions £14; children 17 and under, £5). and are available online and from the Winchester Cathedral Box Office (01962 857275).
Infant Holy – Southern Voices Christmas concert
Once again Southern Voices will usher in Christmas in the atmospheric surroundings of St Cross Church, where we hope that the audience will enjoy — and join in with — a selection of carols ranging from the traditional to the modern, from the familiar to the new.
Sir David Willcocks, whose compositions and arrangements have been the cornerstone of many Christmas services and carol concerts over the last four decades, sadly died in September and our concert will celebrate his unique contribution to the music of Christmas. Several Willcocks carols will feature in our programme, along with well-known carols for the audience and contemporary carol arrangements from Northern European composers.
- A selection of carols by Sir David Willcocks
- Edvard Grieg: Ave Maris Stella
- Trond Kverno: Corpus Christi Carol
- Otto Olsson (arr): God’s Son is born
- Jan Węcowski: Ave Maria, Mater mea
- Carols for choir and audience
Each year we use this concert to raise money for deserving charities and this year the retiring collection will be in aid of TASC Madagascar. This registered charity helps some of the most disadvantaged people in the Vohipeno area of South East Madagascar, supporting individuals, families and communities, focussing on sustainable projects in education, health and the environment. TASC provides significant aid to the inspirational Children’s Home at Tanjomoha which cares for orphaned, malnourished, sick and disabled children. http://www.tascmadagascar.org
Tickets £16 (concessions £14; children 17 and under £5) are available online and from:
Winchester Cathedral Box Office, The Visitors’ Centre, The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS (tel: 01962 857275).
Ice skating at Winchester Cathedral
A sunny but cold day for an annual visit to the ice skating rink at Winchester Cathedral. The market was extremely busy and as ever, best to go to the Cathedral refectory visit for munchies. One year we will wear cassocks but need to ensure no falling over is guaranteed…
Advent concert with the St Oswald Singers
The Ozzies got together once again to sing a concert of varying musical styles at Compton Greenfield. Getting together occasionally, combined with our fourth visit to Compton Greenfield, means that music cannot be recycled that easily and the old repertoire has to be considered to see what we can get away with… Tertius Noble never sounded so fresh, and due to forgetting the copies we were forced to sing ‘I’m Sitting’ without copies. Of course we had to sing My Evaline – again!
Next year will be the 30th year since our founding back in 1985 and it is always excellent to meet up again, reminisce and check each other’s eyesights – all getting progressively worse. Larger copies next year for sure!
The seasonal hue in the last photo is due to the rather elderly heaters with electric bars that adorn the high walls of the church!
Merrily on High – Southern Voices Christmas concert
Our annual Christmas concert will be an excellent introduction to the week leading up to Christmas Day, with a varied selection of Advent and Christmas music, including traditional carols for choir and audience and fresh arrangements of familiar favourites.
Saturday 20 December at 7:30
St Cross Church, Winchester
Of particular interest are three carol settings by contemporary Nordic composers (Ešenvalds, Mantyjarvi and Sandström), as well as arrangements by current British composers such as Will Todd, Bob Chilcott, David Hill, Roy Massey. And of course it just wouldn’t be Christmas without two carols from John Rutter…
This year’s concert will be in aid of the local charity that runs the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The Air Ambulance crew are based at Thruxton near Andover and they work with the county’s emergency services to provide a prompt response to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses, and many other incidents throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. For further details please visit their website hiow-airambulance.org.uk
We hope you will be able to join us for this celebration of the Christmas story, in the atmospheric setting of the Normal Chapel of St Cross.
The programme will include:
O Heiland reiss – Johannes Brahms
Pilgrim Jesus – Bob Chilcott
O Emmanuel – Ēriks Ešenvalds
Ave maria d’Aosta – Jaakko Mantyjarvi
Candlelight Carol – John Rutter
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – arr. Jan Sandström
Maria durch den Dornwald ging – arr. Gottfried Wolters
traditional carols for choir and audience
director – Katherine Dienes-Williams
organ – Paul Provost
Tickets prices: £16
(concessions £14; children 17 and under £5)
Available from the Cathedral Box Office or me…
Checking out an old digital photo frame, I happened upon a number of old photos from our time in Norway. Seems like an eternity away now, but nice to keep in touch with a few old friends in Noway still after all these years.
We had an early digital camera which means the photos are quite small (but very quick to upload!). Also bravo to Bex for sorting them into the photo frame in the first place!
Glede seg ved…
Ice skating with Livi 2013
For the record, a quick late visit to the excellent Winchester Cathedral ice rink. As we were late the Christmas market had gone leading to a slightly calmer atmosphere in the Cathedral close. Still working up the courage to wear a cassock on the ice. Perhaps next year…
A Boy was Born – Southern Voices
The next Southern Voices concert takes place in St Cross on 21 December at 7.30pm.
Our programme is centred round Benjamin Britten’s choral variations on A Boy was Born, and will also include his Ceremony of Carols. The remainder of the programme will include carols, new and old, for choir and audience.
Tickets prices: £17.50. Concessions: £14.50. Children 17 and under: £5. Available from the Cathedral Box Office or from me.
Benjamin Britten – Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten – A Boy was Born
plus traditional carols for choir and orchestra
director – Katherine Dienes-Williams