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Christmas Concert

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Saturday 11 December 2021, 07:30pm

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Christmas Concert

December 11 – 7:30 pm  -- St Mary’s Church, Marlborough

The Marlborough Choral Society looks forward to welcoming you to our traditional Christmas concert on December 11.  The varied programme features popular carols and a selection of sacred music, both well known and less familiar.

The first half of sacred music includes such old favourites as “Panis Anglicus”, “Locus Iste” and “Ave Verum Corpus”. 

We also introduce a Mass by Louis Vierne, a French composer of the early 20th Century who is not well known to British audiences.    The Mass was premiered in 1901 and is scored for organ accompaniment.  Vierne was the chief organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris for over 30 years and was then well known for his many organ compositions.

His life held considerable drama and personal challenge but none so stark as the manner of his death in 1937.   After 37 years devoted to his beloved organ the cathedral authorities decided that organ recitals should be discontinued.  Three thousand people crowded the cathedral to hear his last recital.  It was usual for the organist to include an improvisation and when a low note came from the organ loft it was assumed that he had begun.  But in fact he had suffered a fatal heart attack and his foot had landed on the low E of the pedalboard, the last note he ever played. 

On a more cheerful note, there will be an interval with drinks, to be followed by a second half full of traditional Christmas carols such as “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Joy to the World,”, “Good King Wenceslas” and more.

Tickets (£12 including refreshments, £4 students and children free) are available from Sound Knowledge, from choir members or at the door. The retiring collection will be in aid of a local charity. 

Location St Marys Church