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The Cecilia Consort
November 30, 2021
The Cecilia Consort

Claire Kelm, soprano; Katherine McKee, contralto; Daniel Harper, countertenor/tenor; Colby Roberts, tenor, Mark Sumner, bass; Jason Jia, piano


 The Cecilia Consort, (named in homage to the patron saint of music), was created in the spring of 2019. Its ad hoc roster is composed of some of the Bay Area’s finest vocalists and instrumentalists.  Performances in 2019 included an Evensong service at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in the Haight, (featuring music by Renaissance composers Edmund Hooper, John Sheppard, Peter Philips, Thomas Tallis, and William Byrd), and a Christmas concert of motets by Hans Leo Hassler, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Tomás Luis de Victoria as well as a wide assortment of English and American carols.  This performance marks the Consort’s first post-pandemic appearance.

‘Tis the season 

The Noontime Concerts holiday program

Ding dong, merrily on high  English Traditional, arr. David Willcocks

Facta est cum angelo  Raffaella Aleotti

Christe, redemptor omnium  Claudio Monteverdi

Sweet was the song the Virgin sang  Anonymous

In the bleak midwinter  Harold Drake, arr. Mark Sumner

Rocking  Czech carol, arr, David Willcocks

Balulalow  Peter Warlock

Cherry Tree Carol  English Traditional, arr. David Willcocks

The Little Road to Bethlehem  Michael Head

Stille Nacht  Franz Gruber, arr. Donald Cashmore

A Christmas Carol  Charles Ives

A Christmas Vision  James Hurd

Maria walks amid the thorn 19th-century German carol, arr. Christoph Lahme

Christmas is coming!  Walford Davies

Sussex Carol  English Traditional, arr. David Willcocks

Gesù Bambino  Pietro Yon

I saw three ships  English Traditional, arr. David Willcocks

A Merry Christmas  West Country Traditional, arr. Arthur Warrell