Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Saturday 9 December 2017, 7.30pm

Winchester Cathedral

  • JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Rowan Pierce, Soprano (Winner, 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition)

David Allsopp, Alto

Benjamin Hulett, Tenor

Neal Davies, Bass

Florilegium

Andrew Lumsden, Conductor

About this Event

Written during his years in Leipzig, Bach's Christmas Oratorio is a set of six wonderful cantatas. Although they were intended for performance on six different days after Christmas Bach's working of the narrative is so skilful that when performed as a single piece they form a complete entity. Singing all six complete, however, makes for a very long evening so the Waynflete Singers will be performing the Oratorio with the traditional cuts made when given as a single piece.

We are pleased to welcome back tenor Benjamin Hulett and bass-baritone Neal Davies. They are joined by countertenor David Allsopp, making his first appearance with the choir. We are also delighted to welcome for the first time the exciting young soprano Rowan Pierce, Winner of the recent Grange Festival International Singing Competition (formerly the Hampshire Singing Competition). The superb players of Florilegium complete the line-up and the concert is conducted by our Music Director, Andrew Lumsden.

We are looking forward to a packed Cathedral for what promises to be a very special evening.