2019


Sunday 1st December  6pm

THE ADVENT CAROL SERVICE  'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel'

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH Directed by Adrian Boynton

Writers and musicians down the centuries have been  

inspired by the season of Advent with its special atmosphere 

of anticipation and expectation. Join us to share this 

atmosphere in a beautiful candlelit service featuring passages 

of scripture, poetry and prose and fine musical settings reflecting a range of styles from the High Renaissance to the present day. The service will conclude at 7.20pm.

Freewill offering.


Monday 9th December        7.15pm 

MUSICAL MILESTONES:The English Revival

RUTLAND BOUGHTON & EDMUND RUBBRA

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton   

Tonight we consider the remarkable contribution to English music of two 'local boys'. Aylesbury-born Rutland Boughton effectively founded Glastonbury Festival - as a vehicle for Wagnerian-style choral dramas based on Arthurian legend!  Alongside major choral and theatre works, he wrote fine symphonies, concertos and chamber music. Northampton-born Edmund Rubbra's prolific output covers all musical forms except opera. His superb handling of modal harmony in a distinctively English tradition makes him a more than worthy successor to his teacher, Holst. His output includes beautiful religious choral works, outstanding chamber works and songs, and no less than eleven symphonies, whose musical substance and spiritual grandeur have still to be fully appreciated. 

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door


Tuesday 17th December      12.30pm

THE CITY CENTRE CAROL SERVICE

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH  Directed by Boynton

Led by the Ministerial Team

Join us for this lovely lunchtime service of 45 minutes, followed by seasonal refreshments.


Thursday 19th December   7.15pm 

EXPLORING MUSIC special  

CHRISTMAS MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES  (i) Medieval to BaroqueA talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton   

In this seasonal special we trace the development of the carol from 

its origins as a medieval round dance through the homophonic 

carols and polyphonic Christmas motets of the Reformation to 

the polychoral splendours of the late Renaissance and early Baroque 

in works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Hassler and Schutz. Mature 

Baroque masterpieces form the culmination of our journey, and 

we end the evening with the greatest of all - Bach's Christmas Oratorio - as prelude to a performance of the work by the Cornerstone Chamber Choir and Orchestra on 5th January.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door 


Saturday 21st December       11.30am 

A CHRISTMAS CRACKER   with

THE NEW ENGLISH SINGERS & SPECIAL GUESTS

Directed by Adrian Boynton

This is a lovely event for the whole family. The New 

English Singers capture the joy and happiness of the Christmas Season with a range of choral settings from around the world reflecting different styles and traditions with guest appearances from fine instrumental soloists, and surprises and delights at every turn, this promises to be a real 'cracker' of a Christmas concert. Following the music we invite you to linger awhile, relax and enjoy seasonal refreshments.

Admission (to include refreshments) £10 (children £1) at the door


Sunday 22nd December      6pm 

THE CORNERSTONE CAROL SERVICE  'Joy to the World'

THE CITY CHURCH CHOIR & CORNERSTONE BRASS

Directed by Adrian Boynton   Led by the Ministerial Team 

A joyful celebration of the Saviours birth in words and music, 

with familiar carols for all to sing, magnificent choral offerings 

from the choir and lively contributions from Cornerstone Brass.

Do join us and bring your friends. Freewill offering.





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