Christmas 2018 – Glory to the newborn King

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Ho Ho Ho! Tis the season to be jolly again!

Join us in a flurry of famous pieces for our Christmas edition!

Our young musicians will play a collection of classic Carols, some well-known Jazz holiday tunes, the Corelli Christmas Concerto and excerpts from the Nutcraker. Check our videos below to get yourself familiar with the music.

PS: can you spot the 5 added characters to the poster?

The Nutcraker

This 1892 ballet nearly never featured Tchaikosky’s music as E.T.A. Hoffman, who had adapted the story from the original novel by Alexandre Dumas, had also provided a score for it. Eventually, the Russian maestro got the last word and delivered what is now a Christmas classic. We will play two very famous hits – the enchanting “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the dazzling “Trepak”…

Below, the Warsaw Philarmonic. Can you name the first instrument on the video? It’s NOT a piano…

And now the Cologne Philarmonic. Be reassured, we won’t play it at that speed!

Walking in the Air

Can’t have festive music without the main tune from “The Snowman”. Filmed in 1982, Raymond Briggs’s illustrations and Howard Blake’s music have been a source of great poetry to every child. It even had the late David Bowie as narrator.

Also below, a ska rework! just to prove that any music can be translated across genres!

Carols Omnibus

1 English Carol, 3 Germans and 1 French to set the scene: “In the bleak mid-winter”, “O Christmas tree”, “Hark! the herald angels sing”, “Silent Night” and “Gabriel’s message”.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

They’ve all sang it. Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Sam Smith, Judy Garland, you name it. My favourite remains Ella Fitzgerald but for our young hip musicians, here’s the idol of today, John Legend joined by bassist and vocals supremo Esperanza Spalding!

Frosty the snowman

Another one, covered by everybody from the Jackson 5s to Alvin and the Chimpmunks but this time, Ella does it better!

Corelli’s Christmas Concerto

Composed by Arcangelo Corelli some 400 years ago and published after his death, this gorgeous opus in G minor is made of 6 movements. We will attempt to play 3-4 of them for an unprecedented Baroque experience!

Did you see that massive guitare-like instrument with about 20 strings on it? It’s a LUTE or more precisely a¬†Theorbo, also known as an Archlute, a Bass Lute, and in France it is called a Chiterone!

Zingle Bells

No, it’s not a typo. This is a version in a minor key and Jewish/Klezmer style of the most famous Xmas tune, as featured in the end credits of a Madagascar short movie. We’ll use it to IMPROVISE (you know, when you make stuff up on the spot…no preassure!).

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