Saint George’s Singers’ Christmas Concert Event Press Release
The Saint George’s Singers will present
Monteverdi & Haydn at Christmas on Wednesday 20th December at 7.45 pm in the festive setting of Saint George’s Church High Street Belfast.
The St George’s Singers extend a seasonal welcome to all music-lovers to join them on Wednesday 20th December in St George’s Church at 7.45pm to celebrate the Christmas story in words and music. Led by their renowned conductor, Dr Marion Doherty Hayden, Saint George’s Singers will present a festival of 17th and 18th century Christmas music. The programme will begin by commemorating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth with his exquisite six-part Beatus Vir and stunning seven-part Gloria.
The celebration of 18th-century festive music continues with Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass, during which the St George’s Singers invite the audience to participate with a selection of carols. The sections of the Mass will be interspersed with readings of Thomas Hardy’s description of Christmas morning from his Under the Greenwood Tree.
After the concert St. George’s Singers invite you to a feast of mince pies and warming mulled wine to add some cheer for the homeward journey! St George’s Singers always enjoy this great opportunity to mingle with the audience and get to know them better. Who knows, we may even persuade some of the audience to swell the ranks of the choir – new members are always welcome!
St George’s Parish Church is the traditional “home” of the ever-popular Christmas Concert. Conveniently situated close to Victoria Car Park on High Street, with Oxford Road Bus Station only a short walk away, access is easy and, with level access through the front portico and spacious aisles, all are most welcome to share with us in this annual festive event.
Tickets cost £15 each /£12 concession, including post-concert mince pies and mulled wine, and can be purchased from choir members or from Matchetts Music, Wellington Place, Belfast but, if you are in town that evening and fancy, on the spur of the moment, some warmth and an uplifting experience on a cold winter’s night, then there will be tickets on sale at the door and you will be warmly welcomed.
For more information contact Olivia at 07540 362 171 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors
- The ‘Saint George’s Singers’ was formed in 1984 in Saint George’s Parish Church by Jonathan Gregory for the express purpose of performing the great choral masterpieces of the Baroque era. These dedicated amateur singers are committed to giving high quality and musically informed classical concerts. With about 40 voices, the choir has grown to be an outward-looking organisation attracting a very diverse cross-community membership. Saint George’s Parish Church hall remains its weekly rehearsal venue and the Church is the traditional “home” of its popular annual Christmas Concert. The choir performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from the early choral polyphony of renaissance Europe, through the Baroque and Classical Eras with performances of the Bach Passions, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem to modern classics such as Benjamin Britten’s’ Rejoice in the Lamb.
- Highlights from 2017 include a collaboration with the Dublin Orchestral Players and three Dublin choirs, performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 2 (“Lobgesang” or “Hymn of Praise”) in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on April 23rd and in the Ulster Hall on May 6th. This proved to be both a logistical and musical triumph and we look forward to further such collaborations.