7:30pm Saturday 7th December 2019
St Saviour's Church
25 Sandpit Lane
St Albans
Herts AL1 4DE

Voix de Vivre’s December concert contrasts five of
James MacMillan’s beautiful Strathclyde Motets, 
written between 2005-10, with seasonal works by
British and European composers from the late 16th
and early 17th centuries.
The programme also features Britten’s Christmas
cantata A Boy Was Born.
This remarkable tour-de-force of technical mastery
and creative brilliance was completed in 1933 when
he was only nineteen and a student at the Royal
College of Music.
The cantata is scored for eight-part unaccompanied
choir and soprano solo, and comprises six variations
of increasing complexity, all based on a simple
four-note theme.

O beatum et sacrosanctum diem     Phillips
O radiant dawn                                 MacMillan
O magnum mysterium                      Victoria
Sedebit dominus rex                        MacMillan
Lux aeterna                                      MacMillan
In dulci jubilo                                    Scheidt
In splendoribus sanctorum               MacMillan
Hodie Christus natus est                  Sweelinck
Dominus dabit benignitatem            MacMillan
A Boy was born, Op 3                      Britten