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16.12.19—20:00    MIRY VOCAL: Flemish Radio Choir MIRY Concertzaal concert

Holly and candlelight. Both Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc took the birth of Christ back to the Middle Ages. Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols followed his reading of 15th- and 16th-century poems. Neither its Gregorian stateliness nor the tidy folk melodies betray the fact that it was composed on a foul-smelling freighter in mid-ocean, surrounded by German U-boats. Francis Poulenc also looked to the past. Of his four motets, the last refers to the Gregorian antiphon that begins Britten’s Ceremony. Thus is the Advent wreath made round.

  • Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) – A ceremony of Carols
  • Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) – Quatre Motets Pour Le Temps de Noël
  • Traditional (arr. Ben Parry) – Jingle Bells
  • Ola Gjeilo (1978)– The First Nowell
  • Chaim Parchi (1947) (arr. Joshua Jacobson) – Aleih Neiri (arr. for mixed choir) 
  • Anoniem (arr. willcocks)– 16th-century French-Ding Dong! Merrily On High
  • Jonathan Rathbone (1957) – The Oxen
  • John Stainer (1840 - 1901)– God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Franz Xaver Gruber (1787 - 1863) – Stille Nacht
  • Biezekapelstraat 9, 9000 GENT, € 20 / € 15 (red.) / €5 (-26) / € 0