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with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Saturday 9 December 2023
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, The University of York
7.00 pm (ends c.10:00 pm)

Tickets £35 (£32 Concessions, £7 Under 35s)


Bethany Seymour soprano, Robin Blaze countertenor, Jonathan Hanley tenor, Frederick Long bass 

with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists


Written in 1734 when Bach was at the height of his considerable powers, the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) is rarely heard in its complete form. We perform all six cantatas written for the feast days of Christmas and New Year, presenting Bach at his most joyous. Bach’s festive choruses are contrasted with exquisitely beautiful solo instrumental and vocal music. Its music calls for the largest and most spectacular orchestral forces Bach ever required.  Bound together, Bach’s musical compendium powerfully encapsulates rituals of belief, the diversity of the human spirit and an ecstatic joy in the Christmas message.

In association with York Early Music Christmas Festival and York Concerts.

Please note this concert takes place at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York and the start time is 7:00pm.

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