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The Mystery of Christmas

  • Temple Church, London Temple London, EC4Y 7BB UK (map)
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Based around four beautiful settings of the text of the Magnificat, ORA Singers presents a typically inventive programme. Music in honour of the Virgin Mary sits alongside material celebrating the wonder and joy of the birth of Jesus. This exceptional ensemble gives its own take on the Christmas story with works ranging from the sublimely still to the riotously energetic.




Matthew Martin - Ecce Concipies
Plainchant - Rorate Caeli
Howard Skempton - Adam lay y-bounden
Thomas Tallis - Videte Miraculum
James Burton - Magnificat
Medieval - Coventry Carol
Richard Allain - Coventry Carol
Philip van Wilder - Pater Noster
Roxanna Panufnik - Magnificat (St Pancras Service)
Medieval - Now may we singen
Cecilia McDowall - Now may we singen
William Byrd - Laetentur Coeli


Tomas Luis de Victoria - Ave Maria a 8
Mark Simpson - Ave Maria*
Judith Weir - Magnificat
Medieval - There Is No Rose
Ben Rowarth - There Is No Rose
Kim Porter - Christmas Eve
Giovanni Palestrina - Alma Redemptoris Mater
Arvo Pärt - Magnificat
Jonathan Rathbone - The Oxen
Trad. arr. Tobias A. Frank - Les anges dans nos campagnes
Steven Sametz - Gaudete!

* Denotes an ORA Singers commission

Earlier Event: November 22