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A Choral Nativity

A Choral Nativity

A Choral Nativity

Part of Christmas at The Glasshouse


Who’s on stage

Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia will be performing as part of their 50th birthday celebrations alongside their director Tim Burke.

What they’re singing

A unique re-telling of the Christmas story, told through some of the most beautiful choral music ever written.

Need to know

Price: £5 – £20

Running time: 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.

Discounts: Save if you’re 17 or under.

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Helpful information about your tickets

Tickets available from The Glasshouse and sold as unreserved seating.

Online sales for each concert will close 5pm the day before the concert.

Tickets may be available on the door but advanced booking is recommended.

What you'll hear

Harold Darke In the bleak midwinter
Arr. John Rutter Gabriel’s Message
Sergei Rachmaninov Hail O Virgin Mother
Eleanor Cully Boehringer Snow on Snow
Charles Villiers Stanford Magnificat in G
George Frideric Handel Messiah – There were shepherds
Bob Chilcott The Shepherd’s Carol
Roxanna Panufnik Sleep, little Jesus, sleep
Edward Elgar Benedictus
Peter Cornelius arr. Ivor Atkins The Three Kings

Who's performing

Tim Burke director
Drew Cantrill-Fenwick organ
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia

What's happening in the music

A perfect mix of traditional favourites from big classical names like Handel, Holst and Stanford, newer classics from contemporary composers John Rutter, Bob Chilcott and Roxanna Panufnik and well-loved carols we all love to sing, all interwoven with the stunningly hypnotic Snow on Snow by North East composer Eleanor Cully Boehringer.

Take a listen

Hear one of the beautiful pieces we’ll be performing and what the composer says below

What they say

I was drawn to a phrase from Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘A Christmas Carol’, famously set to music by Gustav Holst and Harold Darke and known as the Bleak Midwinter. Snow on Snow combines both settings and repeated the phrase over and over.’

Eleanor Cully Boehringer, composer