Christmas theme for choral group

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Wetherby Choral Society will adopt a Christmas theme for their next performance later this month.

The central work of the concert at St James’ Church on Saturday November 23 at 7.30pm, will be Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten.

And it is in recognition of Britten’s centenary the previous day, having been born on St Cecilia’s Day – the patron-saint of musicians - 22 November 1913.

St Nicolas was first performed at the centenary of Lancing College, Sussex, in 1948 and is a cantata for a large choir accompanied by piano duet, organ, strings and numerous percussion instruments.

“We will also be performing Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams,” said a spokesman.

“Finally we will perform Musick’s Jubilee by a local composer of international renown, Andrew Carter, currently based in York.

“The work is based on a poem by Andrew Marvell and other verses by John Dryden and Alfred Tennyson.

“It is performed by soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, with a mixed chorus and small orchestra.

Tickets, priced £13, from Jackie Faulkner, phone 01937 842564, email, or St James’ Church office.