Advent Concert

Saturday 10th December 2016

Time 7.30pm

We are really delighted, and privileged, to be able to welcome the choir of Magdalen College Oxford to sing Advent music in a concert on Saturday 10th December. The all-male choir has been brilliantly reviewed both for recordings and live performances, with its trebles coming in for particular praise alongside the sensitivity and incisiveness of its interpretations.

Edington Priory Church has a near-perfect acoustic for choral music, as anyone who has been to the Edington Music Festival will know; candlelight and beautiful music sung by a pre-eminent choir will create a wonderful atmosphere, and the mulled wine and mince pies in the interval will all add to the festive feel.

Last year’s concert from the Choir of Merton College proved extremely popular, and tickets for the Magdalen College concert are already selling fast, so if you’d like to come, please buy your tickets soon! The Front Nave is now sold out, and there are very few remaining in the rear nave and choir stalls.

The choir’s conductor will be Assistant Organist Alex Berry, and  Organ Scholar William Fox will accompany as well as playing some solo pieces. Click on the links below to hear samples of two items in the programme.

Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Biebl Ave Maria

Tickets £20  front nave SOLD OUT, £15 rear nave, £10 sides.  10% discount for Edington Angels and 18 and under come FREE.

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Alex Berry


William Fox


The programme

Palestrina arr. David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Matin Responsory

William Byrd (c1540-1623)


Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Ave maris stella. Organ interpolations by Girolamo Frescobaldo (1583-1643

Fanz Xavier Biebl (1906-2001)

Ave Maria

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Organ solo: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

David Bevan (b.1951)

Magnificat octi toni

JS Bach (1685-1750)

Organ solo: Fuga sopra il Magnificat

JCF Bach (1732-1795)

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Christopher Steel (1938-1991)

People look east

Richard Lloyd (b.1931)

View me, Lord, a work of thine

Matthew Martin (b.1976)

Te lucis ante terminum

Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

Adam lay y-bounden

Orlando Gibbons (1585-1624)

This is the record of John

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

A Song of Peace

Nico Muhly (b.1981)

Organ Solo: Selections from Advent Antiphons

Robin Nelson (b. 1951)

Out of your sleep

John Joubert (b.1927)

There is no Rose

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958

Fantasia on Christmas Carols