The Choir of St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, conducted by Timothy Byram-Wigfield, is to give two concert performances this December. In addition there will be one lunchtime organ recital of seasonal music.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
George Frideric Handel’s magnum opus in three parts is brought to life by the Choir of St George’s Chapel in collaboration with critically acclaimed period orchestra, Charivari Agréable Simfonie, conducted by Timothy Byram-Wigfield.
A Christmas favourite, Handel’s crowning achievement begins withIsaiah’s prophecy of the Coming of the Messiah, and goes on to retell the whole story of Christ’s Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. A musical imagining of the Last Judgement brings the baroque masterpiece to a climactic conclusion.
FESTIVO – A Concert of Carols for Christmas
with the Choir of St George’s Chapel and Onyx Brass conducted by Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012
Bringing you the unforgettable sound of Christmas at Windsor Castle, this popular programme features all the nation’s favourite carols and is guaranteed to fill you with festal cheer. Sing-along favourites such as ‘Once in royal David’s city’ and ‘Hark the herald angels’ are joined by the sublime choral music of Rutter, Howells and Whitacre, and interspersed with devotional readings and lighter seasonal items to make for a glorious Yuletide experience.
Printed programmes with background information on the composers and performers may be purchased on the door. The cost is £5 and the proceeds will be donated to St George’s musical foundation, the Choral Partnership.
Seasonal Organ Recital
On Friday 21 December at 1.10pm the Chapel’s organists present a popular selection of seasonal music. Admission is free with a retiring collection. This recital is free to those already visiting Windsor Castle having gained entry either by Advantage card or by purchasing a ticket; if you wish to attend only the organ recital and not visit any other part of the Castle that day please arrive at King Henry VIII gate no later than 12.50pm to allow sufficient time to be escorted to the Chapel.