The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Noël! Noël! concerts, in their 17th year in 2015, are a heartwarming festive tradition for thousands of people across Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne with the 2015 Noël! Noël! “returning to a more traditional concert which mixes stunning carols and blissful classical treats that really touch the heart,” says Paul Dyer AO, Artistic Director. Paul loves to throw some unexpected treats into the festive concerts, and has chosen two contemporary love songs to introduce chanteuse Emma Birdsall to the Brandenburg stage. Emma Birdsall, is the vocalist who found fame on The Voice Australia in 2012 and through performances on the Nine Network’s Love Child. She’ll be joined by the full choir for some items, as well as singing O Holy Night in the traditional closing bracket of carols. “There’s always a bit of a twist, a lovely surprise and an adventure into the unexpected. This year I’m introducing one of most exciting young singers I’ve heard in recent years,” adds Paul.
“Assembling the Noël! Noël! concerts in some ways is like putting together my Christmas cake,” he says. “It’s Important to get the mix of ingredients balanced, not too sweet, not too spicy. To add a little spice to our series, Emma Bridsall will add a pinch of the present day.”
As well as concerts in the city, Noël! Noël! is a programme that tours some of Sydney’s most beautiful suburban churches. This year, the ensemble performs for the first time at St Clement’s Anglican Church in Mosman and introduces a second concert at its Parramatta venue, St Patrick’s Cathedral. Details are below.The church concerts sell out early and bookings are recommended.
The programme: Ockeghem Deo Gratias / Clemens non Papa O Magnum Mysterium/ Anon Wie Schön leuchtet der Morgenstern/ Praetorius Es ist ein ros’ entsprungen/ Sweelinck Hoe schoon lichtet de morghenstern / Arbeau (arr. A. Palmer) Ding Dong Merrily on High/ Buxtehude Herr, wenn ich nur dich ab (BuxWVh 38)/ Anonymous Tourdion – Quand je bois du vin clairet/ Monteverdi Beatus Vir/ Perri/Hodges (arr. A. Palmer) A Thousand Years featuring Emma Birdsall/ Dubra Ave Maria III/ Traditional (arr. M. Manchester) Divisions on Ancient Carols/ Ola Gjeilo (arr. A. Palmer) The Ground: Pleni Sunt Caeli/ Kirkpatrick (arr. O. Gjeilo) Away in a Manger/ Bacharach/Davis (arr. A. Palmer) This guy’s in love with you featuring Emma Birdsall/ Traditional / arr. A. Palmer) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen & Wexford Carol/ Adam (arr. A. Palmer) O Holy Night featuring emma Birdsall/ Gruber Stille Nacht/ Anonymous (arr. D. Willcocks) O Come All Ye Faithful
Mosman (New venue): St Clement’s Anglican Church, Tuesday December 8, 7pm
Parramatta (2 concerts): St Patrick’s Cathedral, Friday December 11, 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Paddington: St Francis of Assisi Church, Monday December 12 and Tuesday December 15 at 7 pm
Newtown: St Stephen’s Anglican Church Friday December 17 at 7 pm
Bookings: Brandenburg Box Office (02) 9328 7581 or 1300 782 856 or visit brandenburg.com.au
or the City Recital Hall (02) 8256 2222 or visit www.cityrecitalhall.com