Strathmore Singers to stage annual Christmas concert

The Strathmore Singers 2011 Christmas Concert will be held in Kirriemuir Old Parish Church on Tuesday, December 20 at 7.30 pm.

The programme consists of seasonal music from different centuries and different countries and there will also be a selection of readings for Advent and Christmas.

There will be some well-known music which is rarely heard performed live. In Dulci Jubilo will be sung in the wonderful eight-part setting by Robert Pearsall and included annually in the Christmas Eve broadcast from Kings College, Cambridge. Another popular carol is The Three Kings written by Peter Cornelius, which weaves a bass solo around a familiar Christmas hymn.

More recent music will include the moving and dramatic ‘Here is the Little Door’ by Herbert Howells and a new piece to the choir, ‘I Wonder as I Wander’ which is a lovely arrangement of an Appalachian folk tune by Andrew Carter.

Less well-known will be music by the Spanish composer Victoria but as it is the 400th anniversary of his death this year, it seems an opportunity not to be missed.

There will be music by Guerrero and Praetorius as well as Kenneth Leighton’s setting of Lully, Lulla for soprano solo and choir. The festive programme also includes three well-loved carols for the audience to sing along with.

The Strathmore Singers have now been together for seven years and it has become a custom that the Christmas Concert is followed by mulled wine and mince pies; this year will be no exception.

While there will be no entry charge for the concert, there will, as usual, be a retiring collection.