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East Cornwall Bach Choir presents a Cornish Christmas

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
2:10 PM

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East Cornwall Bach Choir presents a Cornish Christmas.

7.30 pm Saturday 10th December 2011, St Petrocs Church, Bodmin.


Paul Ellis (conductor)

East Cornwall Bach Choir

Cheryl Rosevear (soprano)

Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

Cecilia Sultana de Maria (harp)

Paul & Ben Comeau (two pianos)

Sean Hooper & Mycroft Mead (percussion)

The Lady of Shalott (Paul Drayton)

A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (Benjamin Britten)

Cornish Carols old & new

Harp Solos (Ami Maayani & Marcel Tournier)

East Cornwall Bach Choirs Christmas concert this year offers an atmospheric collection of music with a definite Cornish flavour, and takes place in a magical setting - the ancient church of St Petroc, amid the annual festival of Christmas trees.

Benjamin Brittens tuneful and spine-tingling Ceremony of Carols (1942) opens the programme in the arrangement for four-part chorus, solo voices and harp. It is followed by a varied group of Christmas hymns and carols to Cornish tunes (some for the audience to join

in singing, and one by Peter Skellern), plus harp solos from Cecilia Sultana de Maria, who made a great hit at our Christmas concert 2010.

The second half of the concert is devoted to Cornish composer

Paul Draytons setting of The Lady of Shalott, first performed in 1998. Soloists, choir, pianos and percussion tell the story of the doomed lady of Arthurian legend who leaves her lonely chamber, her tapestry and her mirror to seek fulfilment in real life too late. This is music of haunting intensity which recreates the world of Tennysons poem and the Pre-Raphelite painters who illustrated it.

Elizabeth Saudek, Chair of ECBC, writes:

Bodmin Church at Christmas is now a very special place for our concerts, with its new lighting and sound systems and the glory of the lit Christmas trees. The choir, together with the solo singers and instrumentalists of Cornish and/or international renown, is looking forward to presenting this lovely programme in such a beautiful and atmospheric setting.

Prices and Tickets

12, children free

Buy online at You can order tickets online through our website Concert page just state the number needed and make a card payment through the secure Paypal system. Alternatively, you can place an order online but still pay by cheque.

Tickets will also be available at Bodmin Tourist Information Centre (01208 76616) and also at the door - until sold out!

Programmes on sale featuring notes on the music and words.

Interval refreshments on sale.


St Petrocs Church, Bodmin PL31 2AB

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