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Sunday 4th December 6pm

THE ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH Directed by Adrian Boynton

The atmosphere of Advent - season of hope and expectation - is wonderfully
evoked in this beautiful candlelit service featuring passages of scripture, poetry
and prose, and musical settings from five centuries.

Freewill offering

Monday 5th December 7.30pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES Contemporary Masters

LIGETI - KURTAG - REICH - GLASS

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

“They didn’t invent the wheel so much as they showed us a new way to ride”
[John Adams]

A celebration of two Hungarians and two Americans, as we mark the 10th
anniversary of Ligeti’s death, the 90th birthday of George Kurtag and the 80th
birthdays of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Ligeti made skilful use of polyrhythm
and micro-polyphony to forge a new compositional technique. Kurt makes great
play with ‘space’ in many of his works. His musical language has a rare expressive
intensity, crossing the borders between spontaneity and reflection. Reich and
Glass are the great minimalists, creating phrase patterns marked by the use of
repetition, slow harmonic rhythm and canons. These four are among a handful of
contemporary composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction
of musical history.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Monday 12th December 2pm - 5pm
PIANO MASTERCLASS by ALICJA FIDERKIEWICZ
The great Polish pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz gives a masterclass at the City Church
for pianists of grade 7, 8, diploma standard and above. Fiderkiewicz is regarded
as an outstanding teacher, and has recently given masterclasses to students at
Chetham’s International Summer School. Pianists who would like to take part in
the masterclass are invited to contact Adrian Boynton (boyntonmusic@gmail.com
or 07961 348697) indicating their level of performance and the repertoire they
would like to offer. The charge for participation will be in the region of £15 - £30
depending on the number who apply, and the length of time allotted to each
performer. It promises to be a stimulating afternoon. Observers are warmly
welcome - £7.50 at the door
Monday 12th December 7.30pm
ALICJA FIDERKIEWICZ (piano)
SCHUBERT: Sonata in Bb, D960
DEBUSSY: Estampes
CHOPIN: Ballade No 3
SYMANOWSKI: Three Preludes, Op 1
CHOPIN: Fantasie in F minor
“a pianist of rare quality. She plays with the kind of old-fashioned simplicity
associated with the playing of her great compatriots, Horsowski and
Rubinstein.” [Piano Magazine]
The great Polish pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz studied at Moscow Conservatoire, the
Symanowski School in Warsaw and the Royal Northern College of Music, from
where she graduated with distinction in both performance and teaching. She was
a prizewinner in international competitions, and was awarded the Calouste
Gulbenkian Music Fellowship. She has performed for BBC Radio 3, in all the major
London venues, including Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and
internationally in Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Cyprus, Poland, Japan and
Ukraine. Alicja’s recital combines outstanding repertoire from her homeland with
Schuberts monumental Bb Sonata and Debussy’s brilliant impression of Eastern
Asia and Spain. Admission £10 (conc £9.50, child £1) at the door
Tuesday 13th December 12.30pm
THE CITY CENTRE CAROL SERVICE
THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH directed by Adrian Boynton
A short service of 40/45 minutes, with beautiful choral settings from the choir, and
popular carols for all to sing. Followed by seasonal refreshments.
Saturday 17th December 11.30am
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 heartwarming
occasion. Following the music, seasonal refreshments will be served.
Admission (including refreshments) £8.50 (conc £8) children £1 at the door
Sunday 18th December 6pm
THE CORNERSTONE CAROL SERVICE ‘Emmanuel God, with us’
THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH & CORNERSTONE BRASS
Directed by Adrian Boynton
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. Do join us, and bring your family and friends.
Freewill offering
Thursday 22nd December 7.30pm
LONDON CONCERTANTE (Guest Director/Soloist: Ben Norris)
VIENNESE CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT
STRAUSS: Wine, Women and Song
TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Suite
SCHUBERT: Rondo for Violin and Strings
STRAUSS: Tales from the Vienna Woods
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No 5
STRAUSS: Blue Danube Waltz
London Concertante is one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, currently
enjoying its 25th Anniversary season. The ensemble celebrates Christmas with a
host of Viennese delights, including the very best of ‘Waltz King’ Johann Strauss II.
Also featured are a Tchaikovsky perennial favourite and Schubert's superb Rondo
in A, a masterful combination of virtuosity and lyricism which will allow the
talents of Scottish fiddle sensation Ben Norris to be displayed to full advantage.
Come along for a pre-Christmas treat.
Tickets £28, £25 from cornerstone.music@tesco.net, telephone 01908 246486 (ans
mach), 07961 348697 or at the door