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2017

Sunday 3rd December,  6.30pm (Please note start time)
THE ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH  Directed by Adrian BoyntonLed by Revd George Mwaura
Once again we invite you to join us for this inspirational candlelit  service with beautiful readings from scripture and other sources, and glorious music from six centuries.
Retiring collection

Monday 11th December7.15pm  (please note start time)

MUSICAL MILESTONES:The American Tradition

WILLIAM BOLCOM & JOHN ADAMS

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

The amazingly prolific William Bolcom received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts and was named American Composer of the Year in 2007. He has composed major operas, nine symphonies, twelve string quartets and a wonderful set of concertos for some of the most outstanding soloists of the day, including violinist Sergiu Luca, clarinettist Stanley Drucker and flautist James Galway. He also completed a three-hour setting for soloists, chorus and orchestra of William Blake's 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'. John Adams, celebrating his 70th birthday this year is much admired both for the originality and popular appeal of his music. His works include the award-winning Violin Concerto, Saxophone Concerto written for Tim McAllister, 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine' (one of the BBC's '10 pieces'), the opera 'Nixon in China and the choral masterwork 'Harmonium', which has found favour with  choir and audiences across the world.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door


Tuesday 12th December12.30

THE CITY CENTRE CAROL SERVICE

The Choir of the City Church Directed by Adrian Boynton

Led by Revd George Mwaura and Rev Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga

A short service (40 mins) with beautiful choral settings from the choir and popular carols for all to sing. Followed by seasonal refreshments.


Saturday 16th December11.30am

A CHRISTMAS CRACKER with 

THE NEW  ENGLISH SINGERS & Special guests 

Directed by Adrian Boynton

A highlight of the seasonal calendar! The New English Singers capture the true spirit of Christmas in a well balanced and carefully crafted programme of carols old and new. Instrumental solos offered by our special guests provide further opportunity for celebration and reflection. It promises to be a joyous and heart-warming occasion for the whole family. Following the music, seasonal refreshments will be served.

Free admission. Retiring collection 


Sunday 17th December6.30pm

THE CORNERSTONE CAROL SERVICE

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH & CORNERSTONE BRASS  Directed by Adrian Boynton

Led by Revd Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga and Revd George Mwaura

A joyful celebration of the Saviour's birth in words and music, with familiar carols for all to sing, magnificent choral offerings from the choir and lively contributions from Cornerstone Brass. Please note the start time - 6.30pm. Do join us, and bring your family and friends.

Freewill offering.


Thursday 21st December7.15pm   (please note start time)

EXPLORING MUSIC Classical Masters

HAYDN (iii)The Final Years

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

In the 1790s, after 30 years of outstanding service to the Esterhazy household, Haydn relished the opportunity to compose for London audiences, and produced the crowning achievements of his huge symphonic legacy (include the 'Surprise', 'Miracle', 'Clock' and 'London' symphonies), a series of large-scale vocal works: six great Masses (including the 'Nelson', 'Maria Theresa' and 'Harmony' Masses), 'The Creation', which would quickly become second only to 'Messiah' in popularity with choirs and audiences, and 'The Seasons', his last major work celebrating the bounties of nature. Other outstanding works of the final years include the Trumpet Concerto in Eb, Emperor Quartet and some arrangements of British folksong.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door