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Sydney Chamber Choir: Saint Nicolas

23 July 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

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Tickets: Adult $50-$75 | Concession $40-$65 | Student $25


  • Richard Butler Tenor
  • Brett Weymark Conductor
  • Sydney Chamber Choir
  • Santa Sabina Chamber Choir
  • NSW Public Schools Singers and Percussion Ensemble


  • Hildegard von Bingen Selections from Canticles of Ecstasy
  • Bach Motet – Fürchte Dich Nicht
  • Buxtehude Magnificat
  • Britten Saint Nicolas

A journey across time: from the sublime, soaring melodies of the 12th-century abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to the sunshine of J.S. Bach’s motet ‘Be Not Afraid’ (Fürchte dich nicht), and on to Benjamin Britten’s enchanting cantata Saint Nicolas.

Nicolas was the original Santa Claus, but this is no story of fat men in white-trimmed red suits! The saint’s gifts were of a different order altogether: calming the crashing seas to save a boat from shipwreck, feeding a starving crowd with a single sack of corn, and bringing back to life three murdered boys whose pickled flesh was about to be served up as dinner!

Britten tells this larger-than-life tale of miracles and legends in music bright with colour, bold in vision, and full of wonder and joy.



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