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A Parisian Christmas in Cirencester

PUBLISHED: 09:26 14 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:08 20 February 2013

A Parisian Christmas in Cirencester

A Parisian Christmas in Cirencester

Cirencester Parish Church hosts a concert to launch the latest CD released by Priory Records

A Parisian Christmas in Cirencester Parish Church

Une Nuit de Noel, Christmas organ music by Parisian composers:Cirencester Parish Church hosts a concert to launch the latest CD released by Priory Records

On Saturday,November 5, 7.30pm, a little bit of Paris will come to the Cotswolds with a CD launch concert in Cirencester Parish Church. Released on leading British classical music label, Priory Records, the latest recording by Cirencesters Anthony Hammond, and recorded at the church, will be performed in its entirety, giving the audience a very special, early taste of Christmas.

The CD takes listeners on a journey through the history of Christmas organ music in the City of Light. Works range from the 18th to the 20th century. But if youre expecting Jingle Bells and Hark the Herald you may be disappointed. What makes this CD stand out from the plethora of Christmas recordings available is its imagination and variety. Whilst many of the tunes will be familiar (Adeste Fideles, Noel Nouvelet and Marche des Rois, for example) the arrangements and other works will take you by surprise, bringing back memories of older Christmas favourites combined with a flavour of Paris through the ages.

Works performed include those by Daquin, Boly, Guilmant, Mulet, Dupr, Langlais, Saint-Martin and Cochereau, featuring a number of Hammonds own transcriptions from live performances.

Tickets are priced at 10 and are available on the door or at The Corner Stone. A 50 per cent discount off purchases of the new CD, on the night, will be available with every ticket sold.

Caption:Cirencesters Anthony Hammond playing the organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris.

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