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Britain is the home of great Western choral tradition, and this seasonal program of carols – including those by Britten, Walton, and Vaughan Williams – is a testament to this.

Herbert Howells was arguably the greatest influence on British church music in the 20th century. His work, and the feature piece of this concert, A Spotless Rose, has become essential Christmas repertoire around the world. The serene harmony of the work culminates to a magical cadence of pure bliss.

Sung by the polished voices of the Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers, this final concert in A Little Lunch Music in 2021 is an essential calendar event to mark the festive season.

Other events in the A Little Lunch Music series: 

Brahms Horn Trio – Wed 13 Jan 12.30pm
An Enchanted Afternoon – Tue 16 Feb 12.30pm
Figaro for Winds - Australian National Academy of Music – Thu 25 Mar 12.30pm
Carnival of the Animals – Tue 20 Apr 12.30pm
Schumann's Piano Quartet – Fri 7 May 12.30pm
The James Morrison Quartet – Tue 15 Jun 12.30pm
Jacqui Dark is Alive and Well Living in Newtown – Tue 20 Jul 12.30pm
Ensemble Apex – Thu 5 Aug 12.30pm
Slava and Sharon Grigoryan - Our Place – Mon 20 Sep 12.30pm
Joseph and James Tawadros - Music of the Oud – Tue 19 Oct 12.30pm
The Kate Wadey Quartet – Tue 23 Nov 12.30pm

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  • Herbert Howells
    A Spotless Rose
    The Crown of Thorns
    William Walton
    What Cheer?
    Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Wassail song
    John Rutter
    There is a flower
    Richard Rodney
    Bennett Out of your sleep
    William Mathias
    Sir Christemas
    Harold Darke
    In the bleak mid-winter
    Malcolm Williamson
    This Christmas night
    Benjamin Britten
    A New Year carol
    Peter Wishart
    Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On Hand