Advent by Candlelight - Swaffham Prior
Advent celebration in the two Churches of Swaffham Prior with Ian de Massini and Cambridge Voices
This annual event is part of a year-long series of celebratory concerts marking the 30th anniversary of the choir; it follows the recent sell-out event in Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel.
This will be the 25th time that Cambridge Voices organise and provide the music for this very special event in aid of Emmaus. The theme will be The Lineage of Christ with music and words telling the ancestral journey from The First Adam, via Abraham, via David, via St Anne, via Mary, and finally, the Second Adam (Jesus Christ).
Members of the parish will provide the readings and Ian and his choir will perform an exciting and varied programme of music including Ian’s choral arrangement of one of the most beautiful pieces of English orchestral music, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, alongside Mexican Baroque music for two choirs, a new Gospel Song, music by a hugely popular contemporary Estonian composer, and also Ian’s choral arrangement of Bach’s well-known “St Anne” Fugue.
Beginning in St Mary’s, it moves to St Cyriac’s with its celebrated acoustic brilliance for the second half. We then all then return to the warmth of St Mary’s for free mulled wine and mince pies.