Christmas Concert

“A Ceremony of Carols”
a cantata by Benjamin Britten

Performed by:

  • Patel Conservatory Women’s Ensemble
  • Presbyterian Chancel Choir
  • Dolly Roberts, Harp
  • Kavan Gillespie, Conductor

Sunday, December 10th
at 10:00 a.m.

Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church
420 Bullard Parkway
Temple Terrace, Florida

A brief reception will follow.
Invite your friends. They will not want to miss this!

Conductor’s Notes

Benjamin Britten’s original setting of the Ceremony of Carols was for children’s chorus and harp. Being surrounded by the English tradition of boy choirs in the church and drawn to the purity of the sound, Britten took these old English texts and paired them with the innocence of these voices. He would later publish a version for mixed voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).

We have decided to combine the two editions into our own hybrid version of the work. You will hear the Patel Conservatory Women’s Ensemble present the pure tones that Britten originally wrote, including a beautiful Procession written as a chant and In Freezing Winter Night, which tells the wonder of the Christ child born in a manger. This will alternate with our Chancel Choir singing on pieces like the vibrant Wolcume Yole (“Welcome Yule”) to ring in the Christmas spirit, and the hauntingly beautiful lullaby, Balulalow. You will hear beautiful and unexpected harmonies. Each movement paints a new image of the Christmas story through the text and, even more so, through the music and the voices themselves.