Bach’s Christmas Magnificat - Britten Sinfonia

Bach’s Christmas Magnificat

Norwich Saffron Walden
18 – 19 Dec 2020


Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8 ‘Christmas Concerto’

Morten Lauridsen

O Magnum Mysterium

J S Bach

Magnificat in D BWV 243


A seasonal choral programme combining celebratory jubilation with the contemplation and mystery of the Christmas story. Morten Lauridsen’s exquisitely layered, luminous meditation for voices has become a much-loved, contemporary choral classic, and is described by its composer as “a quiet song of profound inner joy”. It contrasts vividly in this programme with Corelli’s joyous Christmas concerto – with its final movement Pastorale depicting the shepherds at Bethlehem – and Bach’s great setting of the Magnificat, heard here in its original version that includes additional Christmas movements; exuberant and uplifting in equal measure. Stephen Layton, one of the world’s most celebrated choral conductors, brings with him a consort of accomplished soloists that include sopranos Anna Dennis and Julia Doyle and mezzo Helen Charlston.

Booking your tickets
Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance.

Saffron Hall – Further Information
For this event the stalls seating bank will be removed and the sunken seating bank will be covered, with audience members seated on the flat floor at cabaret tables in front of a stage area. All tables will be socially distanced to government guidelines. Most tables will accommodate up to 4 people, but some tables are limited to 2, so please check the seating plan carefully when you book to make sure your table can accommodate your household/bubble in compliance with government guidance. A limited number of balcony seats in pairs and single seats are also available.

Britten Sinfonia and Saffron Hall are committed to the safety of the audience, staff and performers at all events. Find out how Saffron Hall keep their audiences safe here.

St Andrew’s Hall (Norwich) – Further Information
Seating will be socially distanced according to latest government guidelines but please note that ticket groups must be from within the same household or bubble. Enhanced cleaning will be in operation at the venue so please do not arrive before the arrival time printed on your ticket (note that this will be before the concert’s advertised start time). The bar will not be open during the concert; audience members may wish to bring a bottle of water if needed. Britten Sinfonia and St Andrew’s Hall request that all audience members wear a mask inside the concert hall unless exempt.

Please click here to read more about what we are doing to keep you safe during our socially distanced performances.