Concert archive

Prelude to Christmas - Saturday 26th Nov 2016

Truly a Prelude to Christmas mixed platter of pre-Christmas gems familiar and rare was served up led by our own Music Historian Simon Heighes.
Prelude to Christmas - Norwich Central Baptist Church
led by Simon Heighes
Guest director - Rachel Stroud
Soloists: Jayne May-Sysum - soprano and Daniel Bartlette - tenor


Part One – Messiah and friends

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) - Overture to Messiah (1742)

Introduction – Simon Heighes

ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660-1725) - ‘Naque, col Gran Messia’ – Aria ‘Pastorale’
from the Christmas cantata Non so qual (1716)

WILLIAM HAYES (1708-1777) - ‘Christmas’ Concerto in G minor (1755)

Simon Heighes

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759) - Italian Cantata – No, di voi non vo’ fidarmi (1742)

JEAN-FÉRY REBEL (1666-1747) - Les Caracteres de la Danse (1715)

(Mince pies and mulled wine in the Foyer :-) )

Part Two – Time to Rest

Introduction – Simon Heighes

GIUSEPPE ORLANDINI (1676-1760) - ‘Da torbida procella’ – Aria from Berenice (1725)

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) - Violin Concerto Il riposo, per il Santissimo Natale RV 270

WILLIAM BYRD (c.1535-1623) - ‘Lullaby, my sweet little baby’ (1588)

ARCANGELO CORELLI (1653-1713) - Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.8 “Christmas Concerto”

Simon Heighes

SAMUEL WESLEY (1766-1837) - Rondo on ‘God rest you merry gentlemen’ (c.1810)
(Arranged by David Morgan)