Wednesday 20 December, 7.30pm at Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh
GILES SWAYNE Magnificat
GUSTAV HOLST In the bleak midwinter
PETER WARLOCK Bethlehem Down
HELEN LEACH Touch of Heaven (from Letters from the Owl House) – solo cello
CECILIA MCDOWALL Now may we singen
CAPPERAULD The Night Watch (World Premiere)*
JOHN TAVENER The Lamb
JOHN TAVENER Chant – solo cello
POULENC Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: O magnum mysterium Quem vidistis pastores Videntes stellam Hodie Christus natus est
J S BACH Sarabande (from Suite No 4 in E-flat) – solo cello
SALLY BEAMISH In the Stillness
TRAD arr RUTTER Wexford Carol
ERIC WHITACRE Lux 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