Portsmouth Baroque Choir: Christmas concert

7pm, Saturday 3 December, Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea

For its December concert, Portsmouth Baroque Choir presents a selection of late Renaissance and early Baroque Christmas-related motets.

This includes several works by Heinrich Schütz including his The Christmas Story. Schütz died 350 years ago at the surprisingly advanced age of 87. He is generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as one of the most important composers of the 17th century.

The Christmas story is one of his last works – an Evangelist narrates the Birth of Jesus Christ while a series of Intermediums (arias and choruses) add further to the work. The choruses will be sung in German but to make the story easier to follow the evangelist will sing in English. The music calls for a number of instruments, not all of which will be with us, but some instrumental colour will be included.

The concert also includes works by Gabrieli, Hassler, Monteverdi and Praetorius.

The concert begins at 7pm, though it may be slightly delayed as parking restrictions around the church of the Holy Spirit end at the same time.

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