A performance of all six of the JS Bach cantatas of the Christmas Oratorio, presented by the Baroque instruments of the Ludus Baroque chamber orchestra, and a host of exceptional singers of the Ludus Baroque chorus.
This year sees a special interpretation of the sacred work, with the 18-strong chorus stepping out as individuals to deliver the roles of the biblical characters, and in smaller groups to provide the commentary of the mortals and the angels.
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“crack group of British early musickers”
The New York Times
Ludus Baroque is Scotland's chamber orchestra and chorus specialising in great works of the early music repertoire. The large ensemble gathers the finest baroque singers and instrumentalists from around the UK and is renowned for its twice-yearly productions at Edinburgh's stunning Canongate Kirk: a performance of JS Bach's B Minor Mass to celebrate the start of the Festival in August and a festive performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio every December.
Formed in 1998 under the direction of Richard Neville-Towle, the group prides itself on the exuberance and energy of its performances, combining exceptional soloists with a chorus of the country’s top emerging artists and an ensemble of the UK’s leading period instrumentalists. Ludus Baroque has an enviable reputation for bringing together rising stars of the highest quality for energetic and uplifting performances of early music.
“These 19 young choristers, an expert team of period instrumentalists, a brilliant bunch of soloists, inspiringly conducted by Richard Neville-Towle, have become a small Edinburgh Festival in themselves.”
In addition to its popular Edinburgh performances, the group has expanded its activity to concert venues outside the capital and has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs with Delphian Records. The third CD, Handel's 'The Triumph of Time and Truth' was released in 2014, gaining the accolade of Gramophone Editor's Choice for August 2014.