Composed in 1934, when Britten was only nineteen, A boy was born is a tour de force by a prodigiously gifted young composer.
From the wistful In the bleak midwinter to the exultation of the final Noel!, A boy was born has lost none of its power to astonish and move.
Also in this program of Christmas music by English composers are masterpieces by Tallis and Byrd, much-loved carols by Vaughan Williams and Tavener, and Stanford’s superb Magnificat for double choir.
William Byrd (1543-1623) Puer natus est nobis
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-85) Videte miraculum
John Sheppard (c.1515-58) Verbum caro factum est
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) Ave Maria
John Tavener (1944) The Lamb
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
The Blessed Son of God
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Magnificat in Bb Op.164 for double choir
Thomas Adès (1970) The Fayrfax Carol
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) A Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) A boy was born Op. 3
Sunday 27 November 2011 at 2:30pm
St Mark’s Anglican Church
250 George St, Fitzroy
Tickets: $30 pre-puchased/$35 paid at the concert