St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival, Friday 15 December 2023

Please book directly via the St John's Smith Square booking page. Performance starts at 7.30pm. No dress code.

Advent & Christmas at New College

Choir of New College Oxford

Robert Quinney, DIRECTOR

Donal McCann, Marcus McDevitt, ORGANISTS

SheppardVerbum caro factum est

Anon. medievalThere is no rose

Byrd, Rorate caeli

Sheppard, Reges Tharsis

Daquin, Noel X 'en Grand Jeu et en Duo' (organ)

M Praetorius, Quem pastores laudavere

H Praetorius, Magnificat quinti toni

H Praetorius, Joseph lieber, Josef mein & In dulci jubilo

MartinAdam lay ybounden

CattleyIvy, chief of trees it is

YoungThe swete roose

MathiasA babe is born

BarberChorale Prelude on 'Silent Night' (organ)

Wallen, Peace on earth

MarshO magnum mysterium

Edmundson, Toccata-Prelude on 'Vom Himmel hoch' (organ)

ByrtAll and some

Pott Balulalow Gardner, A Gallery Carol

Join New College Choir for a seasonal celebration encompassing traditional and contemporary music from around Europe, with a focus on early English and German Christmas music. The music ranges from the intimate to the grandiose, from quiet reflection to boisterous merriment—presented with New College Choir’s trademark verve and style.

Two great ‘cathedrals in sound’ by John Sheppard begin the programme, which then visits Lutheran Germany for music by Michael (of Wolfenbüttel) and Hieronymus (of Hamburg) Praetorius. In the second half, carols by living composers stand alongside late-20th century classics, all inspired by ancient Latin and medieval English texts: a musical counterpart to the New College itself—founded in 1379 with the choir, now famous far beyond the walls of the college, at its heart.

St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival - photograph of the Choir
December 2023
19:30 - 21:15
St John's Smith Square, London
Eligible audience
Open to all
£35, £25, £15