In this year's Advent concert, Cantus Basel will perform “A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten” (1913-1976). In 1942, Britten set poems from “The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems” by Gerald Bullett to music. The cycle contains 11 songs, some of which reflect Gregorian chant as the origin of European church music and fuse it with modern, Britten-specific musical language. They will perform the arrangement by Julius Harrison (1955) for four-part mixed choir.
Firmly anchored in the English choral tradition and associated with Britten as a role model, the pianist, conductor, and composer John Rutter (*1945) appears as one of Benjamin Britten's successors. He wrote several works for the Choir of King's College and for various ceremonial occasions of the British royal family. Since they demonstrate a high level of compositional skill and are easily accessible to listeners, they have achieved great popularity among performers and audiences over the years. In this concert, Cantus Basel will sing two works by Rutter, “All Bells in Paradise” (commissioned by the Choir of King's College in Cambridge, premiered in 2012) and “For the Beauty of the Earth” from 1978.
The last part of the concert will elicit joy, anticipation, rhythm, confidence, and passion with a few selected gospel songs. Out of great respect for the culture of gospel singing, out of admiration and empathy for the deeply felt feelings within it, Cantus Basel will sing a series of beautiful and captivating songs. Some of them will be arranged by Christer Løvold, the leader of the Swiss Gospel Singers, who will accompany on the piano.
Tickets are CHF 40 for adults and CHF 20 for students.