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Grand Auditorium

What you'll hear and see

The music

  • Adolphe Adam «O Holy Night» (arr. John E. West)
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck «Hodie Christus natus est» SwWV 163
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy «Als Jesus geboren ward» (Christus) «Wo ist der neugeborne König» (Christus) «Es wird ein Stern aus Jakob» (Christus) Overture to the Oratorio «St. Paul» for organ (arr. William Thomas Best)
  • Tamsin Jones «Verbum caro factum est»
  • Traditional Sussex Carol (arr. Philip Ledger)
  • Herbert Howells Master Tallis’s Testament Three Carol-Anthems
  • Charles Hubert Hastings Parry Fantaisie et fugue en sol majeur (G-Dur)
  • Garth Edmundson Toccata Prelude N° 4: «Vom Himmel Hoch»
  • Johann Sebastian Bach «Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme» BWV 645
  • Jonathan Dove Magnificat (St John's Service)
  • Becky McGlade «In the Bleak Midwinter»
  • John Gardner «Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day»

The artists

  • Choir of St Johnʼs College, Cambridge
  • Christopher Gray conductor
  • Thomas Trotter organ
Subdued lighting, a chime of angelic voices, the warm hum of the organ… No, you’re not sitting under the colourful stained-glass windows of one of those charming little chapels that England is so famous for, but in the Grand Auditorium of the Philharmonie! From the restrained longing of Johann Sebastian Bach to the jubilant outbursts of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the sober elation of the English Renaissance, the choristers of St John’s College and their organist illuminate this Advent season with a moment of pure joy, between contemplation and celebration.