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Carols and Canticles – November 19, 1994 | Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
Seasonal music by English composers

date: November 19, 1994

The occurrence of St. Cecilia’s Day shortly after our concert encouraged us to begin the programme with a celebration of the patron saint of music. We then continued, in the second half, with Christmas music for choir and solo singers. The concert was significant as another stage in the gradual build-up of our repertoire of the Britten Canticles, leading to our complete recording with the same soloists in 1996. Brief narrative fragments were taken from memoirs or letters of Benjamin Britten, together with a few other English sources. This preview for our Sunday Series (the next day) was presented at Wilfrid Laurier University, where Noel Edison (conductor of the Elora Festival Singers) was a faculty member.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Beauty, thou scene of love (Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, 1683) Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Purcell, Henry Fishburn, Christopher
Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine, Op.40 Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Quarles, Francis
Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op.27 Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Evening Hymn (Three Divine Hymns) Taylor, Daniel, counter-tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Britten, Benjamin Fuller, William
A Shepherd’s Carol Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Rosa Mystica (A.M.D.G.) Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor Britten, Benjamin Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, Op.51 Taylor, Daniel, countertenor; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Britten, Benjamin Chester Miracle Play
INTERMISSION
Benedicamus domino Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor Warlock, Peter anon.
A spotless rose Polegato, Brett, baritone; Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor Howells, Herbert anon.
Balulalow Kramer, Stephanie, soprano; Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Warlock, Peter Wedderburn, James, John and Robert, after Luther, Martin
Tyrley, tyrlow Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Warlock, Peter anon.
Bethlehem Down Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor Warlock, Peter Blunt, Bruce
Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi, Op.86 Taylor, Daniel, countertenor; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Polegato, Brett, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Eliot, Thomas Stearns
The Sycamore Tree Taylor, Daniel, counter-tenor; Polegato, Brett, baritone; Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Warlock, Peter anon.
We wish you a merry Christmas – ENCORE Taylor, Daniel, counter-tenor; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Polegato, Brett, baritone; Elora Festival Singers; Edison, Noel, conductor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano English folksong, arr. Warrell, Arthur anon.