A Ceremony of Carols, Britten & Gardiner

A Ceremony of Carols, Britten & Gardiner

A Ceremony of Carols, Britten & Gardiner

St George's Cathedral

Introducing talented young WA composer Lydia Gardiner, whose work will stand proudly alongside Britten’s much loved classic. The two very different versions will be sung by Perth Cathedral’s female professional choir Sonus Angelorum, accompanied by harp and directed by Dr Joseph Nolan.

Sonus Angelorum means ‘the sound of angels’, and with only a harp accompaniment, the pure sound of this performance will send your spirit soaring.

“The name Sonus Angelorum matches their sound perfectly, the sound of angels,” said Joseph.This outstanding group of singers deserves widespread recognition, here and internationally.”

After discovering young WA composer, Lydia Gardiner, Joseph commissioned her to write a new version of A Ceremony of Carols, and says he is confident that this will stand proudly alongside Benjamin Britten’s classic.

I am personally excited about this concert. Britten was a musical genius of the 20th century and his Ceremony of Carols is a beloved choral work. Lydia has to write a work that is exactly the same duration (25 minutes), using the same movements and libretto, and the same choral forces and harp. Within this tight remit, Lydia has to create brand new music that must hold up against one of the greatest musical works in the canon.”

A Ceremony of Carols will be a celebration of young female musical talent in Perth, as well as a wonderful way to welcome the coming of Christmas.

St George’s Cathedral is at 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Go to this link for information on parking and accessibility. A new climate control system has improved the comfort of our patrons.


DATE: Thursday 2 December 2021

TIME: 7.30pm

VENUE: St George's Cathedral, Perth

TICKETS: Standard $50, Concession $40