December 2018

Saturday 8 December 2018 - 7.30 pm Cirencester Parish Church
 
J S Bach's Christmas Oratorio
 
(Movements 1,2,3 & 6, in the New Novello English translation by Neil Jenkins)
 
with Warwick Cole's Corelli Orchestra, using period instruments, and professional soloists
Hannah Davey, Juliet Curnow, Nick Drew and Nicholas Perfect
 

First performed in Leipzig for the Christmas season of 1734, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio comprises 6 parts, based on recitative, arias, choruses and chorales with elaborate instrumental scoring variously for trumpets and woodwind.

The first part (for Christmas Day) describes the Birth of Jesus, the second (for December 26) the annunciation to the shepherds, the third (for December 27) the adoration of the shepherds, the fourth (for New Year's Day) the circumcision and naming of Jesus, the fifth (for the first Sunday after New Year) the journey of the Magi, and the sixth (for Epiphany) the adoration of the Magi.

(The fourth and fifth movements will be omitted in this performance.)