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— A festive break from Christmas shopping in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice
The Micklegate Singers (and friends) present an evening of carols and Christmas music in the beautiful fifteenth century church of St Helen’s. Drop in and relax in a haven from the late night shopping bustle.
Entry is free but please give generously to the collection boxes for St Leonard’s Hospice.
We contrast the secular and the sacred, interspersing highly charged texts from The Song of Songs with reflections on the mysteries of the afterlife. Kenneth Leighton’s Missa Brevis, written for the choir of Liverpool Cathedral in 1967, has become one of the most popular 20th century settings of the communion service. The programme will also include the première performance of a new commission for the Micklegate Singers.
7:30 pm, St Michael le Belfrey Minster Yard, York Map
We explore Earth, Wind, Fire and the Seasons in this dramatic programme. Starting with the calm of Klatzow’s South African Spiritual Nocturnes, Gjeilo’s heart-warming Sanctus and Howells’ little-performed The Shadows through to Elgar’s treatment of gusting winds and spectacular rides through Sallinen’s Beaufort Scale, we end with Chilcott’s jazz-influenced Weather Report. This stylistically varied concert will include another new commission, by Peter Moger.