Following last year’s sell-out performance of Handel’s Messiah, this year’s concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s cantata St Nicolas. This dramatic and moving piece tells the story of the original ‘Santa Claus’, the 4th century Bishop of Myra who became patron saint of children, travellers and seamen. St Nicolas is a great piece for community performance and Camerata and the Winter Choir will be joined by singers from Kirkwall Grammar School and percussionists from Stromness Academy. The soloist, in the role of Nicolas, will be the tenor Paul Rendall.
The programme will also include Vivaldi’s Magnificat and music inspired by the Magnus 900 commemorations, including a piece based on the 12th century Hymn to St Magnus by Kirkwall Grammar School pupil Gareth Flett.
Proceeds from the concert will contribute to the Malawi Music Fund, the Orkney charity which uses music and arts to provide educational opportunities for some of Malawi’s most vulnerable and needy orphaned children.
Tickets are available in Kirkwall from Kirkness & Gorie and Sheila Fleet, and in Stromness from the Pier Arts Centre. Adults £10; children £5.
We do hope you can join us!