Preview of the gemini consort “A celebration of Christmas” concert

The gemini consort will present a Christmas programme of gentle lullabies and exuberant, joyful carols on Saturday, 7 December at 7.30 in St Peter’s Church.

The now all-female choir of 11 singers will perform works from the 14th century to the present day. The well-known Stille Nacht (Silent night), written by Gruber, will be sung in its original form accompanied by chorister, Lucy Humphris, on guitar. She will also be playing her arrangement for trumpet of one Respighi’s delightful Ancient Airs and Dances.

The evening will also feature This endris night, written this year by the young, exciting Canadian composer, Sarah Quartel.

Another contemporary carol is Ave Maria by Cecilia McDowall, whose music is fresh and immediately communicative.

The audience will also hear familiar carols such as The Sussex Carol and In dulci jubilo.

The choral pieces, vocal solos and duets will be interspersed with music for recorder, flute and piano.

Admission to the concert is free and the retiring collection will be given to The Rosemary Foundation. The gemini consort have so far raised £18,000 for this very worthy cause.

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