Roden Girl Choristers - A Festival of Lessons and Carols - Christmas concert

Roden Girl Choristers - A Festival of Lessons and Carols - Christmas concert

Roder Girl's choir

Experience an evening in English Christmas atmosphere with the Roder Girl Choristers. This famous choir sings 'A Festival of Lessons and Carols'. It alternates well-known Christmas carols with Bible readings for the time of Advent. Of course you are invited to sing a verse of a carol or a hymn. With the impressive organ playing of Sietze de Vries this will undoubtedly be a feast, just like with the musical accompaniment of the Roder Girl's Choir. Add a good dose of conviviality and a fresh look and you get the slogan: 'where friends commit to quality'.

Sonja de Vries about conducting children:
"Conducting is communicating. And not only with your hands; children also mirror your posture, breathing, facial expressions and intention. Sometimes you feel like they're attached to your fingertips. There is nothing better than to experience and perform the music together very intensely. The public will notice that right away."
(Read the interview with Sonja de Vries)

What is 'A Festival of Lessons and Carols'?

The history of 'A Festival of Lessons and Carols' goes back to Christmas Eve 1880. The Bishop of Truro (Cornwall) then organised a service in a wooden barn, which was mainly intended to keep men out of bars. The popularity was so great that other churches soon followed suit. Later the liturgy was adapted with easy songs, the christmas carols, so that the official liturgy was also accessible to the 'ordinary' churchgoer. In the twentieth century, services in the chapel of King's College in Cambridge became world-famous. Many other Christian churches have made this liturgical form part of their Christmas celebrations. Outside England, too, the 'Lessons and Carols' have in recent decades become a popular form of ecumenical preparation for Christmas. In the Netherlands, the Roder Meisjeskoor (Roder Girls' Choir) has been carrying this Christmas tradition for twenty years.


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Saturday 22 December 2018, 20:00

Experience Christmas in traditional English style. The famous Roden Girl Choristers, with Sietze de Vries at the organ, sing the most beautiful Christmas carols, interspersed with nine traditional Advent and Christmas readings. For almost twenty years the Roder girls' choir has been propagating this tradition of 'A Festival of Lessons and Carols' in the Netherlands. Of course you are cordially invited to sing along with a verse of a carol or hymn. Start your Christmas in the Edesche Concert Hall!

When and where

Begin time:
Saturday 22 December 2018, 20:00

The Edesche Concert Hall. Unheard of acoustics, intimate beauty, one of the most beautiful concert grand pianos in the Netherlands with the very best musicians. From one hour before the start of the concert you are welcome in the Edesche Concert Hall, for example for a cup of coffee in advance. Please note: during the performance we do not grant access to the concert hall The Edesche Concertzaal is unsubsidized and is made possible by Eskes Media / DagjeWeg.NL.

  • Many payment options online;
  • Stage Gift Card OK, also online;
  • Free coffee/drinks/breakfasts;
  • Free wardrobe;
  • Free luxury program magazine;
  • Free and paid parking in the vicinity;
  • ECLive! Listen to the concert again in high quality afterwards (at selected concerts);
  • Enjoy the Edesche Concert Hall Diner at the adjacent atmospheric restaurant Buitenzorg;
  • Subsidy free and independent. Sponsor: DagjeWeg.NL Tickets;
  • NPO Radio 4 broadcasts regularly from the Edesche Concertzaal. Listen again to e.g.

Edesche Concertzaal

Amsterdamseweg 9, Ede

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