Review: An Evening for Advent

Category: Music, Academic, General

An expectant audience gathered in the Adderley on Wednesday 29th November for the annual cross-departmental collaboration between Modern Languages and Music.

Celebrating the season of Advent and the expectation of Christmas through readings in eight languages, interspersed with musical interludes, the evening is a time to reflect on the messages of hope that this season brings, as well as on the worldwide reach of Christianity through languages and music.

This year’s evening was characterised by clear, confident readings and beautiful and thrilling musical performances. All the foreign language readers took up the challenge magnificently, and the sequence, taking us from the prophecy of Isaiah in Italian through to the coming of the Wise Men in German, together with other readings in French, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese, conveyed with care and sincerity the sense and spirit of the texts. The singers and instrumentalists were excellent, expressing the mood of the different songs with skill, sensitivity and fine musicianship. The Rev Dr Blokland (Assistant Chaplain) introduced the evening and concluded with a blessing in her native Dutch. Special mention should be made of Miss Toomer for her guidance of the musicians in their preparations and performance, and for her brilliant accompaniments on the piano. The evening concluded convivially with all enjoying the German Christmas flavours of Stollen and Glühwein.

Many congratulations to all on an outstanding and memorable evening.

Andrew Brown (Head of Modern Languages) and Philip Dukes (Artistic Director)

Linguists: Ellie Allan, Ben Chetwood, Peter Corti, Alina Dinckok, Benedict Eisenhardt, Jamie Hartley, Freya Høgevold, Naomi Hughan, Lucia Imi, Anna Laakkonen, Violet Mackintosh, Anna Murray, Freddie Pank, Flora Prideaux and Charles Roché

Singers: Molly Corfield, Imogen Davis, Sophie Hall-Smith, Salome Northridge, Rose Olver, Ottilie Richardson and Celeste Spink, with Emily Ambrose (bassoon) and George Nicholson (trumpet)

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