Annual Christmas Concert

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Annual Christmas Concert

Celebrate Christmas with the Choir of St. Paul's!

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Saint Paul's Episcopal Church 415 El Camino Real Burlingame, CA 94010

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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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7th Annual Christmas Concert


String Quintet, Harp, String Quintet, Organ, & Piano

Susan Jane Matthews, Director

A Reception follows in the Skillings Garden hosted by St. Paul's Vestry.

A Benefit for the St. Paul's Choir School

Reserved Concert Sponsor Seating: $100.

General Seating: $35. | $20. Students



Ralph Vaughan Williams | Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Kassia | Augustus, the Monarch; Tomás Luis de Victoria | O magnum mysterium; Robert Lucas de Pearsall | In dulci jubilo; Harold Darke | In the bleak midwinter; Jessica French | Love came down at Christmas

Benjamin Britten | This little Babe; Nadia Boulanger | Cantique; John Rutter | Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Fanny Hensel | Piano Trio in d minor: 3. Lied. Allegretto 4. Finale

Carol | What child is this?

Healey Willan | Three Kings; Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Thee Three Wise Women

Margaret Bonds | The Ballad of the Brown King: 3. Sing Alleluia! 7. O sing of the king who was tall and brown 8. That was a Christmas long ago 9. Alleluia

Malcolm Archer | The Twelve Days of Christmas


Program Notes

The 2022 Christmas Concert opens with a celebratory nod to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams (October 12, 1872 – 1958) with a performance of his choral fantasia on English Christmas carols for choir, soloist, string quintet and organ.

A set of five works then follow in a journey of music for Christmas through the ages, from the chant of tenth-century Byzantine abbess Kassia to the lush choral writing of contemporary Canadian composer Jessica French setting words of Christina Rossetti.

The young trebles of the choir sing three works accompanied by harp, followed by two movements from Fanny Hensel’s mesmerizing piano trio for piano, violin and cello.

All are invited to sing the carol “What child is this?” as the program turns to focus on the arrival of the three magi from three varied lens as the three kings, the three wise women, and Margaret Bonds narration on the one king of color, Balthazar. The program closes with The Twelve Days of Christmas, in a very fun arrangement created for the choir of Wells Cathedral, England.

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