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Christmas Oratorio

Friday 20 Dec 2019 7:30pm

Part of Christmas at Snape Maltings

The grandeur and unbridled joy of the start of the Christmas Oratorio is one of the great openings in music. Bach paints the story of the nativity over an expansive canvas of six cantatas, four of which we hear tonight, with performers including a group of outstanding young international soloists.

Together they lead us from resounding celebration to sublime intimacy during the first days of life, and melancholy hints of the suffering to come.

Aldeburgh Voices
Suffolk Ensemble
Ben Parry conductor

Singers from the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme:
Harriet Burns soprano
Andrew Tortise tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone
Joanna Harries mezzo-soprano

Bach Christmas Oratorio (I – III & VI)