Concert at Grand Theatre, Aix en Provence, France

Sunday, 8 December 2019 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Grand Theatre, Aix en Provence

The Choir returns to the grand setting of Grand Théâtre de Provence, performing a programme of English and French music including Byrd and Poulenc.



The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Andrew Nethsingha - director
James Anderson-Besant and George Herbert - piano
Ignacio Mañá Mesas
- saxophone


John Tavener   The Lamb
arr. Philip Marshall   I saw three ships
arr. Edgar Pettman   The Angel Gabriel
Herbert Howells   A spotless rose
William Mathias   Sir Christèmas

Piano solo - played by James Anderson-Besant
Johannes Brahms   Intermezzo in A major (Op. 118 No. 2)

Francis Poulenc   Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise

                              i. Salut, Dame Sainte

                              ii. Tout puissant

                              iii. Seigneur, je vous en prie

                              iv. Ô mes très chers frères


Francis Poulenc     Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

                              i. O magnum mysterium

                              ii. Quem vidistis pastores dicite

                              iii. Videntes stellam

                              iv. Hodie Christus natus est




Judith Bingham   Introduction to Hark, the Glad Sound
Thomas Ravenscroft   Hark, the Glad Sound
Harold Darke   In the bleak midwinter
William Whitehead   The seven joys of Mary

Work for Saxophone and Piano – played by Ignacio Mañá Mesas and George Herbert
Astor Piazzolla   Bordello 1900 (Histoire du Tango)

Jonathan Harvey   The Annunciation
Gabriel Jackson   Vox clara intonatJohn Gardner   
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
arr. Philip Ledger   Silent night
arr. Mack Wilberg   Ding dong, merrily on high!


Grand Théâtre de Provence
380 Avenue Max Juvénal

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