Music at St James’ presents The Choir of St James’ and Australian Baroque Brass directed by John Foster in Angels and Trumpets: A Renaissance Christmas.
In response to the overwhelming reception it received in 2015, Music at St James’ is inviting Australian Baroque Brass to return to St James’ to perform Praetorius’ sumptuous Christmas Mass with The Choir of St James’. Directed by John Foster and inspired by Paul McCreesh’s award-winning reconstruction of the Lutheran Christmas Mass, this vivid composite work transports with its grand and buoyant mix of motets, rousing participatory congregational hymns, plainchant and interludes played on period instruments.
Complementing Michael Praetorius’ mass is music by Monteverdi, Hassler and Martin Luther, Schein, Scheidt and Weckmann. This festival of early music encapsulates the joyous Christmas spirit and is not to be missed.
The Friends of Music at St James’ Christmas Party follows the concert, at which patrons can sign-up for membership and subscribe to the 2019 concert season.
The Choir of St James’, directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones, enjoys a reputation of being one of the finest choirs in Australia. It is one of the oldest musical establishments in Australia and is linked to the earliest days of the colony of New South Wales. Some of its early members were convicts. The Choir maintains a schedule of regular weekly choral services, Sunday Cantata Services, Orchestral Masses, and its own Subscription Concert Series. It has a large and varied repertoire encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the contemporary, and it is committed to supporting new Australian works, including compositions written by past and present members of the Choir.
Australian Baroque Brass (ABB) is renowned as one of Australia’s finest early music ensembles. Under the artistic directorship of baroque trumpeter and scholar John Foster, the ensemble has pioneered the use of period brass instruments in Australia. ABB performs extensively in festivals and concerts in Australia and abroad.