Christmas music to ring out from Lighthouse in Poole

Music lovers can enjoy a month of festive music at Lighthouse in Poole as a host of seasonal concerts are set to begin. During the first weekend of December, Baroque brilliance will take centre stage to celebrate the Christmas season.

Your Christmas spirit will soar with some Baroque music from the Armonico Consort, who will be performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Bach wrote the Oratorio to honour the episodes of the Nativity, from the birth of Jesus to the arrival of the Magi. Just a short distance from many of our wonderful holiday cottages in Dorset, the concert is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas.

The Baroque concert on Sunday 6 December at 5pm will feature some of the country’s best period musicians. These talented musicians will back a line-up of amazing and diverse soloists – headlined by one of Britain's best-loved opera stars, Sir Willard White.

“Singing with ‘period instruments’ feels softer and fragile” he said to event producers. “It is often a pleasant experience to work with colleagues, though the actual music-making is the greatest generator of a bonding.”

Sir Willard, who was born in Jamaica, is now based in London. The renowned baritone, noted for his vocal versatility, trained with Maria Callas at the Juilliard School in New York. He sings more frequently with modern-day instruments, so the Armonico Consort will offer the singer and audiences a different experience. He'll be appearing alongside Canadian soprano Gillian Keith, countertenor Christopher Ainslie, and tenor Nathan Vale. Through these singers and the Armonico Consort, Bach’s musical masterpiece will be brought to life.

The Baroque Christmas event is part of a month of brilliant musical entertainment at Lighthouse. On 16 December, the inspirational classic Handel’s Messiah will be celebrated. Seasonal favourites will sparkle with Last Night of the Christmas Proms on 19 December, and there will be a Celebration of Carols on 23 December. For ticket information and more information on all their artistic events, please visit the Lighthouse website.

Image Credit: Marilyn Peddle (flickr.com)

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