Glories stream from heaven afar – a sumptuous programme of carols with Georgian, Greek, and other connections. The traditional Christmas story is not just about one transfigured night in Bethlehem, but stretches from the Annunciation some nine months earlier, to the visit of the wise men and Herod’s subsequent attempt to wipe out the rival boy-King – by then possibly a year or two old.
Arvo Pärt and John Tavener’s music is well-known for its iconic beauty; that of Ivan Moody and Artistic Director Antony Pitts also draws on the resonant solemnity of the Orthodox liturgy, while the more earthly and rousing carols bring the celebrations home.
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
Jonathan Pitts: Hark the Herald Angels sing!
Ivan Moody: The Manger: A Carol for Christmas
Antony Pitts: O Holy of Holies
John Sheppard: Reges Tharsis
John Tavener: The Lamb
plus a seasonal selection from The Naxos Book of Carols
Blackheath Saturday 12th November, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church
Newcastle Thursday 10th November, 7.00pm Christ Church Cathedral
Wollongong Sunday 6th November, 3.00pm Wollongong ART Gallery
Sydney Thursday 3rd November 7.30pm St James' Church
Sydney Sunday 13th November, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney