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Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

Fantasia on Christmas Carols


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.

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