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A classical Christmas Festival for Warwick and Leamington

Ian Hughes 25th Nov, 2016

A CLASSICAL Christmas Festival will be hitting a seasonal note in Warwick and Leamington.

The medieval setting of the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick hosts the K’antu Ensemble on Friday December 9.

The six members are directed by Ruth Hopkins who has devised the programme Dancing and the Divine, featuring well and lesser known carols that are not only sung, but to also be enjoyed as dance music. All of the musicians sing and among their instruments are recorders, violin, viola da gamba, guitar, charango and percussion.

Ex Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, presents An Elizabethan Christmas at St Mary’s Church in Warwick on Tuesday December 13. Composers featured include Byrd, Gibbons and Tallis, among the big names from the golden age of Tudor music.

The Choir of Clare College Cambridge to perform Lullaby My Jesus of in the Victorian splendour of St Mark’s Church in Leamington on Saturday December 17.

Directed by Graham Ross, the 30-strong Choir’s offering encompasses music from the ninth century to living composers like John Rutter, Bob Chilcott and Roderick Williams. There are 16 composers represented in all, often with interesting arrangements of popular carols.

Richard Phillips, of promotors Leamington Music, said: “As always we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies in the interval of these concerts. There is always a huge choice of Christmas concerts for the public to go to and we aim with ours to offer something different, particularly in the range of music in the programmes.”

Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 01926 334418 for tickets and further details.

The Choir of Clare College Cambridge play St Mark’s Church in Leamington on Saturday December 17. (s)

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