The Sixteen is a sell-out for its Christmas concert

A Christmas concert coming to Reading has been so successful that the only chance of getting a ticket is if there are some box office returns.


 

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The Sixteen will be returning to The Concert Hall on Saturday, December 13 for a night for festive music – but it’s already sold out.

 

A spokesperson for Reading Arts said: “It’s another sell-out performance. Recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles, we are delighted to welcome them back to Reading. But if you wanted to come to this concert, you needed to get your tickets booked early.”

This festive programme, O Great and Wondrous Mystery centres on the chant ‘ Magnum Mysterium, often recited at Masses held on Christmas morning.

Featuring much-loved works by Lauridsen, Palestrina and Victoria exploring how each of these composers has set the chant to music.

Palestrina’s six-part motet expresses the joy and awe felt by the shepherds as they celebrated Christ’s birth, while Lauridsen’s deeply spiritual piece is described by him as “a quiet song of profound inner joy”.

Alongside these, the group will perform John Ireland’s wistful carol The Holy Boy, Will Todd’s expressive and heartfelt My Lord has Come and Walford Davies’ setting O Little Town of Bethlehem. With carols for all and Peter Warlock’s popular Bethlehem Down, this will be the perfect way to enter into the spirit of Christmas.

After 35 years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen comprises of both choir and period-instrument orchestra. The group’s total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction and it has a special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers.


The Sixteen will be in concert at Reading’s Concert Hall, in the Town Hall, Blagrave Street, on Saturday, December 13, starting at 7.30pm. A pre-concert talk takes place at 6.15pm and will be presented by Peter Avis.

Full details of Classical Music Alive in Reading 2014-2015 are available online at www.readingarts.com or call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 for a free brochure.

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