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Saturday 15th December - Christmas by Candlelight

The return of the ever-popular Christmas by Candlelight was as always a great evening. A huge 629 people came AND the retiring collection raised a fantastic £1097.41 rounding off a good year very nicely.
Norwich Baroque with Norwich Cathedral Consort
Conductor - Ashley Grote
leader - Jim O'Toole
Soprano - Jennifer Walker

O Magnum mysterium
Once in Royal Davids City
Corelli Christmas Concerto
The angel Gabriel
O little town of Bethlehem
Excerpts from Messiah
Trumpet fanfare
Noels en trio - Lalande
Sir Christmas - William Mathias
What sweeter music - Rutter
I saw three ships - Preston
TOrelli Christmas concerto
O come all ye faithful
Magnificat Quinti toni - Praetorius
Excerpts from Messiah
Hark the Herald Angels sing


Saturday evening's concert of Christmas music, performed by candlelight in the magnificent setting of the Cathedral by Norwich Cathedral Consort and Norwich Baroque, rightly attracted a capacity audience.

It was an attractive programme, with an excellent balance of vocal and instrumental music, the right atmosphere created straight away with the Consort's fine account of Thomas Luis de Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium, heard first from the west end of the nave.

Later, the Basque carol, The Angel Gabriel , sung from the East end seemed somewhat distant in the vast space of the cathedral, but director Ashley Grote achieved consistently excellent results in works by Rutter, Mathias, Simon Preston and the superb Magnificat by Hieronymous Praetorius. There was stylish playing also from Norwich Baroque.

Music by Torelli and a splendid performance of carols arranged for woodwind and strigns by Michel-Richard de Lalande, court composer to Louis XIV showed Norwich Baroque on its best form.

Both ensembles combined in excerpts from Handel's Messiah, with the soprano Jennifer Walker a distinguished soloist in Rejoice Greatly. Ashley Gote achieving splendid results from the Consort, ending of course with a rousing Halllelujah

A great feast of Christmas music.
Frank Cliff