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Seven musicians standing in a forest holding instruments

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Christmas Crackers

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Christmas is a time for celebration and jubilation and the OAE’s festive programme offers this in abundance. With so few chances this year to encounter live music, this is a gift of a concert that brings to sparkling life music by the Baroque greats, from JS Bach and Buxtehude to Corelli and Schutz. And no festive offering would be complete without a nod to Handel’s joyful Messiah, and even an invitation to the audience to raise its own carol singing voice to the spirited accompaniment of the glorious instruments of the OAE.

Director Robert Howarth
Soprano Rowan Pierce
Alto Bethany Horak-Hallett
Tenor Guy Cutting
Bass Malachy Frame

Please note, Robert Howarth is now Director of this concert, which was previously billed as being directed by Steven Devine. Rowan Pierce is now singing the soprano part, which was previously billed as being sung by Zoë Brookshaw. 


Handel from Messiah – Overture & Rejoice

Bach from BWV 140 ‘Zion hört die Wächter singen’

Corelli Christmas Concerto

Heinrich Schütz ‘Verbum Carl fact um est’ (‘And the Word was Made Flesh’)

Praetorius ‘Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen’ (‘A spotless rose’)


Dietrich Buxtehude ‘In dulci jubilo’

Bach ‘Bereite Dich Zion’ (Weihnachtsoratorium) from The Christmas Oratorio

Charpentier Noël pour les instruments 1

Bach ‘Jesus bleibet meine Freude’ – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, from BWV 147

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!