Orchestra of the Swan: Midwinter
Midwinter represents a symbolic dividing line – a sacred moment at the year’s end where old gives way to new, despair transforms into hope and darkness becomes light. Since prehistory, humans have celebrated this transition in rituals, often involving food and drink, dancing and music. The midwinter solstice represents that elemental moment when the sun is reborn – its significance, still to this day, not lost on humanity.
This programme’s musical pendulum swings between the ancient and the contemporary, the religious and the secular, the familiar and the unknown.
Corelli – Christmas Concerto
Anon arr. Le Page – Nowell Tydings Trew
Anon arr. Le Page – Coventry Carol
Purcell arr. Le Page – Now Winter Comes Slowly
Anon arr. Le Page – Noel 1
The Pogues arr. Le Page – Fairytale of New York
Vivaldi – L’inverno (“Winter”) RV 297 i. Allegro non molto
Holst arr. Le Page – In the Bleak Midwinter
Anon arr. Le Page – Riu Riu Chiu
Edward Caswell arr. Le Page – See Amid the Winter’s Snow
Anon arr. Le Page – The Snow Melts the Soonest
Liszt arr. Le Page – The Shepherd’s in the Manger
Vivaldi – L’inverno (“Winter”) RV 297 iii. Allegro
Anon arr. Le Page – O Little Town of Bethlehem
Trad arr. Le Page – Three Ships
The evening will also include readings of pieces by T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Robert Macfarlane, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas and Nan Shepherd.
We warmly invite you to participate in this unique seasonal journey which illustrates just how rich and captivating a tradition there is in relation to midwinter.
Director: David Le Page