Festive treats at St Cecilia Singers’ Christmas concert
By Matt Hall
Where: Gloucester Cathedral
When: 7pm, Saturday 22 December
The Saint Cecilia Singers are serving up a parcel of festive treats at their annual Christmas concert at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 22nd December at 7.00pm.
The Saint Cecilia Singers is Gloucester Cathedral's chamber choir - an auditioned choir of around 30 enthusiastic and gifted amateur and semi-professional singers.
The signers perform up to six concerts per year including an annual Christmas concert at Gloucester Cathedral as well as taking part in the Cathedral Choirs Days and occasional Evensongs. In 2016, the choir performed the world premiere of Philip Lancaster's War Passion, commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival. In 2019 the choir will celebrate its 70th anniversary.
Musical director Jonathan Hope said: "I have chosen some well-loved arrangements by Rutter, Darke, Joubert and Holst, a splendid Renaissance motet by Lassus, and newer pieces by Andrew Millington and Ashley Grote, my predecessors as Musical Director of the Saint Cecilia Singers.
"We also have favourite congregational carols and seasonal readings. With our concert taking place just three days before Christmas, we hope people will be able to escape the commercial pressures and take some time out to savour the true meaning of Christmas in the beautiful surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral."
Accompanying the choir is Gloucester Cathedral's Organ scholar Christopher Too.
Tickets are £15 in advance and £16 on the door with under 18s welcome free of charge.
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