St Albans Choral Society promises mix of festive favourites

Richard Harvey

Richard Harvey - Credit: Archant

A feast of old and new music to launch the Christmas season is promised by St Albans Choral Society at their concert in the city this Sunday, December 13.

Familiar seasonal favourites will be combined with new carol settings by some of the finest contemporary British composers at the Christmas concert at 7pm in Marlborough Road Methodist Church.

The choir will perform the prize-winning Chanticleer by composer Richard Harvey, who is their regular rehearsal accompanist and will be playing the organ. Chanticleer, which refers to the cockerel proclaiming the dawn of a new age, won the Crouch End Festival Chorus 30th anniversary carol competition.

Also on the programme is the motet O Radiant Dawn by James MacMillan, the leading Scottish composer of his generation, and A Winter’s Night, a cantata based on traditional European carols by Cecilia McDowall, the society’s composer in association.

Musical director George Vass said: “Many of our regular audience regard this concert as the real start of the Christmas season. There will be many carols for the audience to join in, together with festive readings from members of the choir – a feast of music old and new.”

Tickets for the concert are £13 (£1 for children), available from SACS Ticket Line on 07884 231958 or online here.