Phoenix Choir - Christmas Concert

Sun, 04/12/2016 - 3:00pm

Phoenix Choir’s annual Christmas concerts are a regular feature of the Blackheath Calendar. This year they welcome back special guests Blackheath Public School children’s choir led by Jenny Lanyon to join them in a program featuring the Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah and other pieces to celebrate the season. Musical director Rowen Fox is preparing the choir for a full Messiah performance on Palm Sunday 2017. As part of this they are presenting for the Christmas concert the portion of the work that focuses on the prophecy of Christ’s coming and his birth featuring such well-known choruses as For Unto Us A Child Is Born and His Yoke Is Easy.

Another highlight is the formation of a smaller chamber choir to perform contemporary Christmas music from the English choral tradition, such as Taverner’s The Lamb. The program will be rounded out with the French carol Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant with the children’s choir and some familiar Christmas carols. And no Christmas concert would be complete without the rousing Hallelujah chorus as its finale.

The choir welcomes local mezzo-soprano Lyn Phillips and Sydney-based soprano Julie Paik to perform Handel’s beloved arias including He Shall Feed His Flock and Rejoice Greatly. Lyn Phillips is well-known as a singing teacher and the musical director of Leura Singers. Julie Paik returns to the mountains after her triumphant performance as Nightingale in Rowen Fox’s recent production of his opera Chang’E and The Moon. Julie is currently in the final year of a voice performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium.

The performance is at 3 pm Sunday 4th December at St Luke’s Uniting Church,

Blackheath. Tickets cost $20 and $15 concession.

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St Luke's Uniting Church
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