Join Aurora Orchestra in its Kings Place home for the perfect start to the Christmas season on Saturday 20 December.
One of the UK’s best-loved choral composer conducts a seasonal selection of Christmas music and carols, including some of his own. Singers of all ages and abilities are warmly welcome, and there will be special guest appearance from baritone George Humphreys ahead of his performance of John’s edition of Fauré’s Requiem with Aurora Orchestra later in the evening at Kings Place. Repertoire will include music from the Oxford University Press collections 100 Carols for Choirs,Celebration in Carols, and John Rutter’s Christ is the Morning Star. Sheet music for the session will be provided free of charge, and will be available to purchase at the end of the session.
Tickets: £15 (£10 non-singing attendees)
Book your place here.
George Humphreys (baritone)
6PM–6.45PM: Pre-concert talk with John Rutter
Saturday 20 December, Kings Place, St Pancras Room
John Rutter discusses his discovery of the original version of Fauré’s Requiem in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris after a century of neglect, and the preparation of what has become the definitive edition of the work.
Tickets: Free entry (book in advance from the Kings Place box office)
Call the Kings Place box office on 020 7520 1490 to reserve your place.
Aurora presents a ravishing choral programme of seasonal favourites, newly-commissioned arrangements and Fauré’s much-loved Requiem setting.
Bach (arr. Iain Farrington) Cantata BWV 140: Wachet auf (excerpt)
Howells A Spotless Rose
Grainger The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol
Cornelius (arr. Iain Farrington) The Three Kings
Augusta Hebbert soprano
George Humphreys baritone
Thomas Gould violin
Nicholas Collon conductor
Performance duration: approx. 1 hour
As a result of unforeseen circumstance we regret that both Lucy Crowe and Ronan Collett have been forced to withdraw at short notice from the ‘Christmas with Aurora’ performances. We are delighted to be able to confirm two outstanding replacements in the shape of Augusta Hebbert and George Humphreys.