Festival of Lessons and Carols
For the Roden Girl Choristers the year culminates with an intimate Christmas concert on Wednesday, 21 December in the Aa Church. Directed by Sonja de Vries and Hoite Pruiksma the Roden Girl Choristers will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols, as it is traditionally performed at this time of year.
During the Festival of Lessons and Carols short readings are interspersed with choral music. The festival has a diverse programme featuring both solo and choral works.
As well as the traditional carols, like Once in Royal David’s City and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, in the famous arrangement by David Willcocks, the choir will perform a few contemporary songs: two parts of A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and Sweet was the Song by Andrew Carter. The choir will also sing a Dutch song, Hoe leit dit Kindeke by Margaretha Christina de Jong, which will be the song’s debut performance. And of course a Christmas concert would not be complete without a few compositions by John Rutter. The choristers will sing his What Sweeter Music and Star Carol.
The choir regularly visits cathedrals and colleges in England to familiarize itself with the Anglican tradition. At the moment preparations for a study tour in 2017 to Cambridge – where the tradition of a Festival of Lessons and Carols first began in 1918 – and to Ely are well under way.
Over the past 25 years the girls’ choirs in Anglican churches have flourished. In a recent article in The Telegraph Sarah MacDonald (Director of Music of the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir) said that despite the initial scepticism most of the great cathedrals now have a girls choir as well as the traditional boys choir. MacDonald: “Children should be encouraged to find their own voice regardless of gender.” The Roden Girl Choristers fully endorse this and are pleased to perform in one the ‘cathedrals’ of the north, the Aa Church.
Early bird tickets:€ 15.- . Tickets available online from bookshop Daan Nijman or by phone: 06-441 081 92.
At the door: € 18,- Children under 12 free.
Roden Girl Choristers
The girls choir was founded in 2000 and usually numbers 23 girls. This dynamic group of girls, under the direction of Sonja de Vries, has acquired an outstanding reputation. The choir sings on a semi-professional level and has performed at the most important concert venues at home and abroad. The choristers have collaborated on such major productions for choir and orchestra as the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The Anglican choral tradition is an infinite source of inspiration for their repertoire. The choir is accompanied by organist Sietze de Vries. For more information, their concert schedule and sound clips please see www.rodengirlchoristers.nl.