Christmas music and carols, 5th, 6th, 7th December 2008

Every Christmas we sing the same old carols. Of course this is good; probably the best known carols are those whose endurance is proved by their age. But not all! The suspicion is that some wonderful seasonal music has been forgotten. The Welsh Camerata has tried to redress the balance by presenting Christmas vocal programmes which explore little known but charming Christmas music of the past and of distant places : from France, from Lutheran Germany, from Wales, from South America... This year the choir has put together an intriguing programme of Christmas music by composers from Hungary, Bohemia, Croatia, Austria and even Spain (the Habsburg Dynasty had long arms). The music dates from the 16th to the 18th century and its suave beauties are almost certainly being heard for the first time in Wales.

You can catch the Habsburg Christmas, sung by the Welsh Camerata with instrumentalists of the Welsh Baroque Orchestra and directed by Andrew Wilson-Dickson:

At 7.30pm on Friday 5th December at All Saints Church, Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl.

At 7.30pm on Saturday 6th December at St Peter’s RC Church, Saint Peter's Street, off City Road, Roath, Cardiff.

Tickets are priced £10 and £7 concessions.

Tickets for the Porthcawl concert can be obtained from The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, tel 01656 815995.

Tickets for the Cardiff concert can be obtained from Rowlands Music/Telynau Vining Harps, 8‑10 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, tel 029 2022 1199.

There should also be tickets available at the door.

The German-Speaking Lutheran Church in South and West Wales invites you to an

‘Advent Carol Service’

at The Conway Road Methodist Church, Canton, Cardiff

on Sunday 7 December at 2.00 pm.

Students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff will sing Christmas carols in German, Welsh and English.

Afterwards coffee and cakes £2.50.

Sale of Advent and Christmas decorations.

A Box of Christmas Readings

The Cardiff–Stuttgart Association und Deutsche Sprachgesellschaft 2008–2009

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