'Merry Christmas' at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Sunday, 16 December 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
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Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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The Choir performs an afternoon concert of Christmas favourites at one of the world's finest concert halls. They are accompanied by Herbert Howells Organ Scholar Glen Dempsey and two other Johnian musicians: cellist Laura van der Heijden and baritone Gareth John (also a former choral scholar).


The Shepherd's Carol Bob Chilcott
Ave Rex, op. 45 William Mathias
The Lamb John Tavener
Fantasia on Christmas Carols Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adam lay ybounden Giles Swayne
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Lane
Organ Solo: Chorale Prelude 'In dulci jubilo', BWV 729 J.S. Bach
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël Francis Poulenc
Silent Night Franz Gruber
Ding Dong! Merrily on High (arr. Mack Wilberg)Traditional
O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. David Willcocks) Traditional

There is no interval at this concert


Het Concertgebouw
Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN

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30 June 2019
  • Responses and Preces: Leighton
  • Psalm 148 (Robinson)
  • Fayrfax: Magnificat Regale
  • Nunc Dimittis primi toni
  • Weir: Vertue
  • Hymns 383 (omit v. 3), 401 (omit v. 3)
  • Voluntary: J.S. Bach Fugue in E flat major (BWV 552ii)​

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