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Christmas Music by Candlelight

A spellbinding sequence of seasonal favourites, little-known gems, and inspirational new music - find concerts in Shrewsbury, Leicester, Hagley, Hereford, Lichfield, Wolverhampton, London, Coventry and Birmingham.



We're very excited to share this short film with you. It's only 49 seconds, but we've packed a lot in - enjoy! We'd love to welcome you. Find out how and where you can hear us live, how you can get involved, and how you can support us - here on our website - welcome!



"Unity was inspired by reflecting upon my own experiences of integration" says composer Dan Ludford-Thomas. "Initially the task was to write a song inspired by the Commonwealth Games. When we invited Anderton Park Primary School it became much more meaningful to me. The children sent me their words around the theme “unity” and this inspired me to reflect upon my own experiences. It was my particular fight as a child and my call to all." This film is possible thanks to a number of funders, including Birmingham Music Education Partnership and forms part of A Creative City Project generously funded by Birmingham City Council.


Rachmaninoff Vespers

Powerful, passionate, hypnotic. Immerse yourself in its luminous choral tapestry, mesmeric melodies and some of the lowest notes you’ll ever hear sung. "Concerts given by Ex Cathedra are never just concerts" (Bachtrack review)



From Byrd to Bacharach, our 2023-24 season has something for everyone. Join us for Rachmaninoff's 'Vespers', Handel's Messiah, the 300th anniversary of Bach's St John Passion and more - with concerts in Birmingham, Coventry, Hagley, Hereford, Leicester, London, Shrewsbury, Warwick & Wolverhampton.



Our recording with the Britten Sinfonia, Mark Padmore, Philippe Honoré and Vayu Naidu of "The Traveller" and "Earth & Sky" by Alec Roth and Vikram Seth is available to buy, download and stream.


Forthcoming events

Christmas Music by Candlelight
Saturday 9 December 2023, 7.00pm
St Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Christmas Music by Candlelight
Tuesday 12 December 2023, 7.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
Christmas Music by Candlelight
Thursday 14 December 2023, 7.30pm
Coventry Cathedral


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