The King’s Chorus to perform Britten’s Saint Nicolas – Fri Dec 6 2019

The King’s Chorus, under the direction of Nick Halley, will present Saint Nicolas on Friday, December 6 in 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 known to us at Santa Clause. 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 harmonies of the choir, the striking operatic recitatives of Nicolas, the instrumental interludes, and the heartful singing of the boy sopranos, will delight the audience as they hear of the marvelous works of Saint Nicolas from “across the tremendous bridge of sixteen hundred years.”

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.

The King’s Chorus is a choral society of the University of King’s College comprising sixty students, faculty, staff, and community members. They rehearse great choral works from various traditions and perform a concert each semester.

TICKETS: $10/$15 (Student), $20/$25 (Adult), $40 (Priority), $75 (Patron) 

King’s Co-op Bookstore (902.422.1270), (902.422.6278), and at the door.