Radio 3 Live in Concert

BBC Concert Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra
Radio Times
Review by:
David Gillard

Christmas at Greenwich is the title of this festive concert by the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, a programme of Christmas music by British composers that comes from the glorious setting of Wren’s Old Royal Naval College Chapel.

The diverse Christmas fare includes John Tavener’s starkly beautiful God Is with Us, Peter Warlock’s haunting Bethlehem Down, Frank Bridge’s lively Christmas country dance Sir Roger de Coverley, Herbert Howells’s beautiful modern choral classic Three Carol-Anthems and Gerald Finzi’s lyrical Christmas cantata Dies Natalis.

The concert ends with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s high-spirited sequence of traditional carols, Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

About this programme

A feast of English music for Christmas by the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, live from the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Presented by Christopher Cook. Nicky Spence (tenor), Edward Price (baritone), BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor David Hill. John Tavener: A Christmas Proclamation: God Is with Us. Bax: Mater ora filium. Ireland: The Holy Boy. Finzi: Dies Natalis. 8.20 Interval: Discovering Music. Stephen Johnson explores Finzi's In terra pax. 8.40 Finzi: In terra pax. Howells: Three Carol-Anthems. Bridge: Christmas Dance: Sir Roger de Coverley. Warlock arr Hill: Bethlehem Down. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols.