“As they celebrate their 50th year, Ex Cathedra have brought their much loved Christmas music by candlelight concerts to churches all across England, before giving five concerts in the run up to Christmas at St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, in their home town of Birmingham. Singing to a packed-out Coventry Cathedral on Monday night – Ex Cathedra’s first time there – was a group of ten from their consort of professional choral singers, who performed a mix of new carols and festive favourites. ..

“Groups of pieces were interspersed with readings reflecting on the Christmas period, the most effective of which was probably John Betjeman’s 1954 poem “Christmas”, its final verse, reflecting that the miracle of God being made man is a simple truth that renders all the decorations, hustle and bustle and Christmas shopping as totally obsolete, never loses its poignancy. It’s this festive spirit that was pertinent here. A joyful peace, away from the crowded shops, Santa hats, busy streets and Christmas markets that can too often drown out the more contemplative side of the festive period.”

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