In the Advent concert, the Constance Chamber Choir presents two sonorous compositions by English composers. MAGNIFICAT by Gerald Finzi was composed in 1952 and dedicated to the choirs of Smith and Amherst Colleges in Massachusetts. This sensitive and vocally demanding work was initially intended for liturgical use, but has since become a popular concert piece in England and America, often performed during the Christmas season.
Benjamin Britten's cantata SAINT NICOLAS was composed in 1948 for the centenary celebrations of Lancing College in Sussex. In this opulent work, a variety of vocal and instrumental resources are mustered and combined in virtuoso fashion: solo tenor, boy soloists, a large mixed choir and an additional women's choir from the gallery, a string orchestra with a colorful assortment of percussion instruments, four-hand piano and organ.