We will be gathering together Saturday December 15th to watch a Christmas/Holiday concert by Sting and guest musicians as they perform Christmas melodies, mostly from the Middle Ages, from England’s most famous cathedral in Durham. I first saw this concert in 2009 on PBS and have watched it every year during the Christmas Holiday season. It is a very unique concert and is fantastic!. Snacks and beverages such as hot chocolate will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own beverages if hot chocolate is not your cup of tea. Below is a synopsis I cut and pasted from PBS regarding the concert and I have provided a link to one of the songs that you can see on Youtube. I hope you can join us for what promises to be a great night of entertainment and fun during the holiday season. Since, seating at my house is limited I am going to have to limit the number of people who attend to the first eight to ten people who sign up but will create a waiting list…so…if you change your mind and cannot attend please change your RSVP status so those who are on the waiting list may attend.
Composer, singer, actor, activist – Sting has won universal acclaim in all of these roles, but he defies easy labeling. He’s best described as an adventurer and risk-taker. As he himself has said, “I love to put myself in new situations. I’m not afraid to be a beginner.” Recorded on location at the magnificent Durham Cathedral near his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England, “Sting: A Winter’s Night…” conjures the moods and spirits of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols and lullabies spanning the centuries
“Sting: A Winter’s Night…” captures the artist in the evocative setting of one of England’s most famous cathedrals. Standing on a peninsula overlooking the River Wear in County Durham is the 1,000 year-old famous landmark of Northern England. Inside, the cathedral the atmosphere is equally as inspiring, and it is in this setting that Sting is joined by guest musicians, including local Newcastle artists Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes and fiddle), Peter Tickell (fiddle) and Julian Sutton (Melodeon). Esteemed performers from around the world also include Dominic Miller (guitar), Vincent Ségal (cello), Scottish harpist Mary MacMaster, Ira Coleman (bass), Chris Gecker (trumpet), and David Mansfield (violin and mandolin).
Featuring traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point, Sting and guest musicians interpret stirring, folk-based melodies including “The Snow it Melts the Soonest” (traditional Newcastle ballad), “Soul Cake” (traditional English “begging” song), “Christmas at Sea” (traditional Scottish song), “Gabriel’s Message” (14th century carol), “Balulalow” (lullaby by Peter Warlock) and “Now Winter Comes Slowly” (Henry Purcell). Two of Sting’s own compositions are also featured: “Lullaby for an Anxious Child” and “The Hounds of Winter,” which originally appeared on his previous release Mercury Falling. “Winter is a season I’ve always had an affinity for,” says Sting. “It’s certainly rich in terms of inspiration and materials.”
Youtube Link to one of the concert performances