- Ave maris stella
- Missa Simile est regnum (interspersed with two organ interludes)
- J.C.F. Bach
- Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (with interpolated chorale settings by J.S. Bach)
- Selection of carols
- including Ding Dong Merrily on High, Nativity Carol, Shepherd’s Pipe Carol and In the Bleak Midwinter
- Vaughan Williams
- Fantasia on Christmas Carols
- Daniel Hyde
- Alexander Berry
- Anna Lapwood
- Carson Becke
- John Myerscough
Celebrating Advent, the time the church looks forward to the joy and excitement of Christmas, the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford take the Blessed Virgin Mary as a focal point in the opening of their programme.
A setting of the plainchant hymn, Ave maris stella – a hymn numerous Renaissance composers set to more elaborate polyphony – precedes Victoria’s Mass. The motet Wachet auf by J.C.F. Bach, the ninth son of the more famous J.S. Bach, fuses the well-known Lutheran a chorale of the same name to inventive contrapuntal effect; for this evening’s concert, movements are interpolated with chorale settings by J.S. Bach.
And finally we move into more familiar territory with well-known Christmas carols by Rutter and Darke amongst others, finishing with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ magical Fantasia on Christmas Carols.