The King’s Chorus, under the direction of Nick Halley, will present Saint Nicolas on Friday, December 6 at 8 pm at Saint Mary’s Basilica, Halifax. Saint Nicolas is a cantata written in nine movements by Benjamin Britten which recounts the life of the legendary Saint Nicolas, the 4th-century Bishop of Myra. Britten composed the piece in 1948, setting to music text which Eric Crozier had written after extensive research into the many and incredible legends of Saint Nicolas.
The King’s Chorus will be joined by the notable tenor soloist Nils Brown, boy sopranos from Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, piano, organ, percussion, and a string quintet, to bring this dynamic and dramatic work to life in the ideal setting of St Mary’s Basilica.
The concert will also feature the mystical settings of four O-Antiphons by Arvo Pärt, the ancient Advent Prose (Rorate Caeli De Super), and a wonderfully mirthful piece by Paul Halley, ‘The Bright Daystar is Comen of His Heav’nly Towers,” which weaves the musical themes of the Advent Prose with traditional Scottish melodies.
TICKETS: $10/$15 (Student), $20/$25 (Adult), $40 (Priority), $75 (Patron)
Available here: Ticket Halifax, at the King’s Co-op Bookstore (902.422.1270) and at the door.