The newly refurbished Cochran Hall in Kirkcudbright Academy provides the venue for Kirkcudbright Choral Society’s annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 13th December starting at 7.30pm.
At the heart of this year’s programme will be Karl Jenkins’ spectacular Christmas work, Stella natalis.
Sir Karl Jenkins is one of the most performed living composers in the world and he has consistently been the highest placed living composer in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace, which the Society presented to great acclaim in 2010, has been performed over 1800 times in 20 different countries since it was first performed in 2000.
Stella natalis is a work in twelve movements celebrating different aspects of Christmastide with words from the Old Testament, Zulu texts and new texts by Carol Barratt. A distinctive feature of the work is the virtuoso solo trumpet part that was written for the brilliant young player Alison Balsom.
Kirkcudbright Choral Society is delighted to welcome Hedley Benson, Principal trumpet with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as soloist for this performance. Hedley has played with most of the major UK orchestras and has recently been guest principal with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Hedley will be joined by soprano soloist Nicola Junor who is making a welcome return to Kirkcudbright. Nicola is well-known to local audiences and most recently sang in the society’s performance of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light earlier this year.
The performance will be accompanied by the Classical Musicians Scotland Ensemble, a group of professional musicians based in Glasgow, and will be conducted by the society’s Musical Director, Michael Appleford.
The choir will also perform other seasonal music including works by Gustav Holst and Morten Lauridsen.
Tickets are already selling well and are available from Thomson’s Newsagents, Kirkcudbright, from Choir members and at the door.