Traditions deliver us so much pleasure because they don’t need to be reinvented every year. In a hectic and unpredictable world, we find joy and solace in the dependable and the routine. The best of these traditions – like Christmas – never fail to provide this enduring comfort, but are also strong enough to adapt and change without losing the essence of why they were created.
The Brandenburg’s Noël! Noël! concerts were created to provide a peaceful and beautiful setting in which audiences could reflect on whatever the Christmas period meant to them. Touching on the religious, but firmly grounded in the spiritual, these first concerts laid out their own musical traditions on which audiences have come to rely: Christmas Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Once in Royal David’s City, and Stille Nacht.
But each year there are also much anticipated surprises – revealed only on the eve of the concert. Freed from the usual strictures and formality of concert programming, these surprises have ranged from the modern to the medieval, whilst always staying true to the special nature of these concerts. Some prefer a church setting, some the concert hall. But one thing that never changes is the incredible demand to be part of this cherished annual event.
These concerts include Gregorian chant, medieval carols, French and German hymns, English Christmas songs and many favourites. This is music that is rich and fun.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Artistic Director and Conductor – Paul Dyer
Mosman St Clement’s Anglican Church
Tues 8 Dec 7pm Adult $87 BOOK NOW
Wollongong St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
Wed 9 Dec 7pm Adult $62 BOOK NOW
Parramatta St Patrick’s Cathedral
Fri 11 Dec 5:30pm Adult $75 BOOK NOW
Fri 11 Dec 7:30pm Adult $75 BOOK NOW
Paddington St Francis of Assisi Church
Mon 14 Dec 7pm Adult $87 BOOK NOW
Tues 15 Dec 7pm Adult $87 BOOK NOW
Newtown St Stephen’s Anglican Church
Thurs 17 Dec 7pm Adult $75 BOOK NOW
*Child and Concession tickets available