Christmas with the English Chamber Choir
The acclaimed English Chamber Choir presents a seasonal feast of your favourite Christmas Carols for choir, organ and audience including Once in Royal David’s City, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come all ye Faithfull, , The First Nowell, O Little Town of Bethlehem, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and many more.
English Chamber Choir
Guy Protheroe Conductor
The English Chamber Choir is one of the best known and busiest groups of its size based in London. It prides itself on the breadth of its repertoire and the diversity of its engagements. Based in the City, local appearances have included performances of music by John Tavener in St Paul’s Cathedral and Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium at the Mansion House. It has sung in all the main halls in the Southbank Centre, at the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and Cadogan Hall. It currently appears several times a year with the Belmont Ensemble at St Martin-in-the-Fields and presents its own recital programmes in several other London venues.
Further afield recent concerts have included the Barber Institute in Birmingham, Norwich and Rochester Cathedrals, and Hertford College Oxford, while in Europe the Choir has made several visits to Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece and Switzerland.
While the Choir’s live performances are predominantly classical, its recording credits cover an equally diverse selection of more commercial productions. It has featured on iconic film soundtracks such as Ridley Scott’s 1492, Conquest of Paradise with Vangelis, television titles include Steven Speilberg’s Band of Brothers, and numerous albums including the Era series with French composer Eric Levi which have sold many millions of copies in Europe and South America.
In May 2009 the Choir appeared at Hampton Court Palace singing The Six Wives of Henry VIII with Rick Wakeman, and a few weeks later accompanied Rick in his piano and orchestra programme P’n’O at Cadogan Hall.
Guy Protheroe is among Britain’s most versatile musicians, demonstrating his extensive knowledge of music from all periods in his roles as conductor, artistic director and writer. In January 2000 he conducted the first fully-staged production of Xenakis Oresteia, the first professional production to take place in the new Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In December 2002 he conducted a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Tunis, with a cast and orchestra drawn from around the Mediterranean. He was for many years a guest conductor of the Xenakis Ensemble based in the Netherlands, and he has also worked with a wide variety of orchestras, choruses and ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, BBC Singers, Greek National Opera Chorus, Kuhn Choir of Prague, Royal Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is equally at home in the sphere of commercial music; he collaborated with the French composer Eric Levi on music for Jean-Marie Poiré’s film Les Visiteurs and the albums Era (with over 5 million sales to date), Era II and Era: The Mass.