Sweeter Music: Ten reasons why ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ is set to be a festive treat…

La Nova Singers in concert at St Ambrose Church. Photo by Alwyn Laddell.

La Nova Singers’ Candlelit Christmas Concert. Photo by Alwyn Ladell.

We’ve been making a list; checking it twice – and we’ve come up with at least ten reasons why our ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ concert at St Ambrose on 15 December 2018 is the musical stress relief you need this December.

1. ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ means ‘In sweet rejoicing’. The carol was written by a German mystic who allegedly heard real angels singing these words, and joined them in a heavenly dance. Our version, arranged by Howard Goodall, is just as joyous – but the dancing is entirely optional!

2. The warm glow of candlelight creates an atmosphere like no other. St Ambrose Church will be lit by hundreds of real candles: combined with beautiful acoustics, and delicate harmonies, you can expect some spine-tingling moments. Such as…

3. Rachel’s solo – Samuel Barber wrote ‘Slumber Song of the Madonna’ at age 14: it’s simple and yet jaw-droppingly gorgeous. A performance that deserves to be heard.

4. The Parry String Ensemble will be joining us once more, adding an extra layer of richness to our musical blend, and performing a Rossini Christmas medley. Delightful!

5. Sam Hanson, our accompanist for the evening, is a joy to work with and even more of a joy to hear. So much more than an accompanist, he enhances our singing with his expressive playing, on organ and piano.

6. ‘Mr Christmas’ himself – John Rutter’s ‘Dancing Day’ takes traditional carols and wraps them in layers of charming harmony. Apparently he’s the nation’s favourite living composer of carols – we can believe it!

7. ‘Tundra’, by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, may not strictly be a Christmas song; but its musical evocation of a snowy winter landscape is a perfect addition to our seasonal repertoire. Classic FM describes it as ‘exquisitely beautiful’… and it is.

Photo by Benjamin Behre on Unsplash

Photo by Benjamin Behre on Unsplash

8. Mulled wine – the quintessential smell of Christmas, this will warm you from the inside out.

9. The finest mince pies – our dream team at the refreshments table, Lisa and Sally, have done meticulous research into which retailers stock the highest-rated festive treats. They serve only the best.

10. ‘White Christmas’, made famous by Bing Crosby, is a perennial favourite at this time of year. Our rendition of this Irving Berlin classic is warm and inviting, like a musical mug of hot cocoa by the fireside. Festive bliss!

Candlelit Christmas 2017. Photo by Alwyn Ladell.

Convinced yet? You can book tickets now via our online box office: https://www.ticketgun.com/events/la-nova-singers-present-in-dulci-jubilo-candlelit-christmas-concert

‘In Dulci Jubilo – a Candlelit Christmas Concert’ takes place at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth on Saturday 15 December 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 in advance; £14 on the door. Under 10’s go free when accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding adult.


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