The Sixteen at Christmas: A Child is Born

Submitted by Sally Doyle on August 9, 2023 - 10:36

Venue, Timing and Cost

SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist church
Saturday, 9 December 2023
7.45 - 9.45 pm
£14 - £49; students, under 25s and carers £4 - £39

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

The Sixteen takes inspiration from the heart of the Christmas story – the nativity – with a sublime weaving of mediaeval, Renaissance, traditional and modern music. Abbess Hildegard von Bingen’s soaring melodies sit alongside the Renaissance voices of Lobo, Scheidt, Byrd and Sheppard, the programme enriched by the settings and arrangements of contemporary composers.

Hildegard von Bingen: O virtus sapientiae
Duarte Lobo: Hodie nobis caelorum Rex
Traditional: See Amid the Winter’s Snow
John Joubert: There is No Rose
Traditional (arr. Rontgen): Dutch carol – A Child is Born in Bethlehem
Hywel Davies: A Boy is Born in Bethlehem
Mediaeval carol: Saint Thomas Honour We
Duarte Lobo: Verbum caro
Traditional (arr. Willcocks): Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Morten Lauridsden: O magnum mysterium
Hildegard Von Bingen: O quam magnum miraculum
Duarte Lobo: O magnum mysterium
Mediaeval carol: Letare, Cantuaria
Margaret Rizza: O Sapientia
Bryan Kelly: There is No Rose of Such Virtue
Samuel Scheidt: Puer natus in Bethlehem
William Byrd: This Day Christ was Born
Traditional: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
John Sheppard: Verbum caro
Gareth Treseder: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Pre-concert dinner tickets
A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-concert dinner at 6.30 pm in the St Stephen’s House dining room, across the cloister from the church. £27 per person for two courses, wine or soft drink, and tea or coffee. Book with your concert ticket.

Further Information

Contact Details: 

SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH

Further information from

Tickets from Oxford Playhouse, 01865 305305,


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