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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

A Seasonal Celebration
Of One That Is So Fair and Bright

Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm

Location: United Community Church @ North (formerly North Congregational Church)
1325 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $35, $25, $15. Students free

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Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1971, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing throughout the UK and the world.

The choir has toured widely, including in Europe, the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Middle East. In 2000 it became the first Oxbridge mixed choir to perform at the BBC Proms, singing Bach’s St John Passion. The choir has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in performances of Handel’s Jephtha in Spain, Belgium, the UK and the USA and again in performances of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, praised for ‘thrillingly fresh and feisty singing.’ Other collaborations include Manchester Camerata, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Schubert Ensemble. The choir gives frequent performances at many international festivals, including the Potsdam Sanssouci Music, Munich Opera, and Spitalfields Festivals and the Early Music Weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

This evening’s program will include:

  • THOMAS TALLIS (c. 1505–85) Videte miraculum
  • PLAINSONG Verbum supernum prodiens
  • GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (c. 1525–94) Surge, illuminare
  • WILLIAM BYRD (c. 1539/40–1623) Vigilate
  • HERBERT HOWELLS (1892–1983) Long, long ago
  • HIERONYMUS PRAETORIUS (1560–1629) Magnificat quinti toni (with Josef lieber and In dulci jubilo)
  • JOHN TAVENER (1944–2013) Today the Virgin
  • JOHN TAVENER God is with us
  • GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1958) arrangement: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • JOHN JOUBERT (b. 1927) Torches
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–76) A Hymn to the Virgin
  • PIERRE VILLETTE (1926–98) Hymne à la Vierge
  • JOSHUA PACEY (b. 1995) I sing of a maiden (world première)
  • TRADITIONAL arr. DAVID WILLCOCKS (1919–2015) The infant king
  • JOHN RUTTER (b. 1945) What sweeter music
  • WILL TODD (b. 1970) My Lord has come
  • FRANZ GRÜBER (1787–1863) arr. GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1985) Silent night (world première)
  • WILLIAM MATHIAS (1934–92) A babe is born
  • JAMES BURTON (b. 1974) Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
  • Arr. JAMES MAWSON (b. 1988) Santa Bab
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  • Trad. arr. FREDERC AUSTIN (1872–1952) arr. IAN HUMPRHIS (1927–2012)
    The Twelve Days of Christmas

“The Choir, subtlety modulated by conductor Graham Ross, spins a wonderfully fluid, mellifluous texture. These are performances of real quality and intelligence, by a choir which has carved a highly distinctive niche for itself amid the Oxbridge scramble.'" – BBC

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