Saturday, 12th December 2015, 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Knoyle Road, Preston village, Brighton, BN1 6RB
Vaughan Williams’ Hodie (This Day) tells the story of Jesus’ birth with words taken from Matthew, Luke and the composer’s wife Ursula Vaughan Williams (The March of the Three Kings). The story is interspersed with meditations – songs, hymns, chorales, and a lullaby – using words from John Milton, Martin Luther, Thomas Hardy and William Drummond. The work features a children’s choir, the Orpheus Young Singers, who narrate the events of the very first Christmas.
Part 1 of Handel’s ever-popular Messiah, recounts the story of the Messiah’s coming, the virgin birth and the annunciation to the shepherds, as described by Luke.
Accompanied by the Musicians of All Saints and featuring professional soloists, this is a delightful musical preliminary to Christmas.