The Secret Life of Carols
Friday 29 November 2019 7.30 pm
Doors open : 6.45pm for prepaid tickets only
7pm for non-ticket holders
Lympstone Parish Church
Last December The Telling, a small group of singers and musicians of Early Music, had a most amazing response to a broadcast on Radio 4. With an audience of the Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir – alongside Bake Off presenter Prue Leith, who was there to give mince pie recipes – they performed some of the mediaeval carols that they are bringing to us in November.
The Saturday Live audience was entranced. “I was about to turn the radio off,” wrote one listener, “when you started to sing Lullay. My daughter and I were captivated by it. Spellbound, really.”
They gave an astonishing concert in Lympstone in March, when they lit the church to make it look like a Nunnery, and sang the music of the 12th century nun Hildegard of Bingen with heart-stopping perfection.
The Telling create intimate performances that often are “more than a concert”. This time they will project film made for the occasion by the animator Kate Anderson.
The musicians are Clare Norburn, soprano, Ariane Prussner, mezzo, and Kaisa Pulkkinen and Jean Kelly, medieval, Celtic and baroque harps.
The carols will include uplifting and intimate songs from the Middle Ages, and lesser-known Traditional carols from around Europe (England, Finland, Catalonia, France, Germany, Austria), and some old favourites including their arrangement of Stille Nacht (last heard in Lympstone in Oh What a Lovely War).
“Beguiling, Siren-like voices” said BBC Music Magazine. “Clare Norburn’s clear, silvery, bell-like soprano just the foil for Ariane Prüssner’s resonant wine-dark tones…”
In the wonderful musical acoustic of Lympstone Church, the Christmas season starts here, with a magical and atmospheric carol concert. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served – perhaps based on Prue Leith’s recipe.