Canterbury Choral Society
Performing since 1952
Canterbury Choral Society is pleased to announce its holiday concert to be held on December 7, 2014
Ralph Vaughn Williams: "Hodie (A Christmas Cantata) and "Fantasia on Christmas Carols"
A Christmas Presentation conducted by Charles Dodsley Walker, founder and conductor of Canterbury Choral Society, and Associate Conductor Jonathan DeVries, this exciting holiday concert offers wonderful and exuberant Christmas pieces from 20th Century composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, accompanied by full orchestra, distinguished soloists, children and youth choirs, and more than 85 of Canterbury Choral Society's choral singers.
These two pieces, though composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams more than forty years apart, are often presented together. "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" was written in 1912, and is a short work based on English folk carols. "Hodie" was his last major composition for chorus and orchestra, and is a Christmas cantata, written in 1954, opening with ebullient brass and repeating choral proclamations of "Nowell".