A King's Christmas 2017

Five-time Grammy award winner Paul Halley and the University of King's College Chapel Choir will return to Lunenburg and Halifax this December with their 10th annual feast of seasonal song and story, this year with guest narrator Gary Thorne.   Described by the Chronicle Herald as “annual magic”, A King’s Christmas is a celebration that brings audience and performers fully into the profound beauty and poignancy of Christmas.  It has become a holiday tradition for many hundreds of people in Nova Scotia, with annual sold-out performances in Lunenburg and Halifax.   The music and the readings change each year, but always feature carols from the mediaeval to the modern, and readings from Maritime authors among others, including poetry, excerpts from novels, short stories, and other literary works. The musical selections this year range from the Renaissance motet Nesciens Mater, a stunning piece written for eight voices in quadruple canon by 15th-century French composer Jean Mouton, to striking and evocative carols from 20th-century composers such as Tavener and Howells. There will be original works by Halley himself, and four hymns arranged for choir, audience, and the great pipe organ. This year’s narrator, the Rev. Dr. Gary Thorne, is a priest, theologian, university professor, and activist. He is currently serving in his final year as Chaplain and member of the teaching faculty at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University.  In addition to his work with university students, Fr Thorne has served as a parish priest, a military chaplain on the ground in war-torn areas of the globe, and an advocate for the poor and marginalized. Three performances: Saturday, December 16 at 4:00 pm - St John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 pm - Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax Sunday, December 17 at 7:30 pm - Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax Tickets and information for all performances at www.ukings.ca/concerts

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Tickets and information for all performances at www.ukings.ca/concerts

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