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Hark, the Herald Angels

Hark, the Herald Angels - the 2012 Vivaldi Chamber Choir's Christmas concert took its cue from the Charles Wesley hymn, or at least from the opening couplet substituted by his co-worker, George Whitfield. This imperative, worthy of an exclamation point of its own, was amplified in its duty as theme by the subtitle "Voyces of Christèmas".

The programme surveyed festival music from the 13th to the 21st century in medieval Latin, Spanish, French and German as well as English: these were the Voyces, while the Angels got their due in readings on the nature of angels and their manifestation. The concert was nicely tied up in word and voice with Thomas Hardy's The Oxen followed by Morten Lauridsen' setting of "O Magnum Mysterium."

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