The Christmas Oratorio has always been a popular favourite with both concert audiences and church-goers. Bach’s great masterpiece tells the story of Christ’s birth, using traditional passages from the Gospels interspersed with arias and choruses which brilliantly illuminate the narrative.

Programme

Bach – Christmas Oratorio

St Martin’s Voices
St Martin’s Baroque Players
Andrew Earis Conductor

Performers

St Martin’s Voices is a professional vocal ensemble, primarily made up of talented past and present choral scholars who come together to sing world-class concerts and special services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond.

Recent concerts at St Martin’s have included Bach MotetsSt John Passion and Magnificat, Haydn Nelson Mass, Handel Messiah and Utrecht Te Deum and Mozart Requiem. In their opening season, St Martin’s Voices performed the World Première of The Lantern Carols by Sasha Johnson Manning and Sharon Grenham-Toze. In January 2014, they performed Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by James Whitbourn for Holocaust Memorial Day. Other recent concerts have included A Celebration of William Lloyd Webber, with renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

In May 2015, they were privileged to perform at the Cenotaph for the 70thanniversary of VE day, and this was followed by singing for the VJ day commemorations in August 2015, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, and broadcast live on BBC 1.