The Sixteen’s annual Christmas programme brings carols and seasonal choral music to nine cities and towns across the UK this year including Nottingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Oxford and London, beginning on the 1 December. On the eve of its 40th anniversary celebrations in 2019, The Sixteen, along with founder and conductor Harry Christophers CBE, performs festive music, beautiful Tudor and Renaissance works and modern settings combined to create a varied evening of music.
Opening with Sweelinck’s Hodie Christus natus est, the programme is based around the theme of “The Little Child” and includes 20th and 21st-century carol settings by Howells, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leighton, Joseph Phibbs, Walton, Warlock and Cecilia McDowall set alongside traditional carols and motets from the renaissance by Kirbye, Byrd, Palestrina, De Wert and Sheppard.
Alongside this performing schedule, The Sixteen has released A Renaissance Christmas on its award-winning label CORO, for those looking for something a little different this festive season. Sharing some of the repertoire with the tour programme, the recording covers everything from the delightful simplicity of plainsong chants Resonemus laudibus and Veni, veni Emmanuel to the purity of Lassus’ polyphonic Videntes stellam Magi and Byrd’s jubilant This day Christ was born.
1 December 2018, 7:30pm, Uppingham School Chapel, Uppingham
4 December 2018, 7pm, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
5 December 2018, 7:45pm, The Anvil, Basingstoke
7 December 2018, 7:30pm, The Sage Gateshead
8 December 2018, 7pm, Queen’s Concert Hall, Taunton
9 December 2018, 3pm, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
14 December 2018, 7:45pm, St John the Evangelist, Oxford
17 & 18 December 2018, 7:30pm, Cadogan Hall, London
22 December 2018, 7:30pm, Reading Concert Hall, Reading