St Christopher

Christmas Concert - Concerto Caledonia
Event Christmas
Friday December 18th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

An 18th-century Celtic Christmas Ceilidh

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

Concerto Caledonia:  Pamela Thorby recorders   Mairi Campbell voice, violin, viola    Aaron McGregor violin  Alison McGillivray 5-string cello  Alex McCartney baroque guitar

Wild fiddling, evocative Scots songs, seasonal jigs and reels, the sophistication of the Edinburgh Enlightenment - and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto too…

Concerto Caledonia present a festive ceilidh in its true sense, where musicians get together to share tunes and songs, and have a very good time. Fiddle tunes rub up against reworkings of Corelli and Purcell by Scottish dancing-masters; and the songs of Robert Burns sit alongside sonatas by his friend (and drinking buddy) the Hungarian cellist Christoph Schetky. Thomas Erskine, the 6th Earl of Kellie (whose nose was so red from good living that it was said to be able to ripen cucumbers) chips in with both a reel and a trio sonata!

Join us for this heart-warming and toe-tapping slice of 1780s Enlightenment Edinburgh, where the very same musicians would play symphonies in the Musical Society orchestra at St Cecilia's Hall, strathspeys and reels in Nathaniel Gow's dance band at the Assembly Rooms, and popular songs and dances at the Theatre Royal.

Concerto Caledonia's unique performance style is to deliver early music with a panache that is impeccably informed, beautifully refined, yet ignited by a cheeky and compelling charm” (The Scotsman)

Fabulous music, lots of Celtic fiddling – and mince pies with mulled wine. Book soon - our Christmas shows sell out quickly and there aren't many tickets left.

You’ll hear a starry and multi-talented team of players moving effortlessly between high baroque and gutsy folk music.

  • Pamela Thorby - described by Radio 3 as the “Queen of the Recorder”
  • Mairi Campbell - awarded ‘Scots Singer of The Year’ and Live Ireland Music’s Award for ‘Best Female Musician of the Year’
  • Aaron McGregor - PhD researcher in early Scottish Violin music, blogger, multi-instrumentalist and veteran of ceilidh bands
  • Alison McGillivray - well-loved cellist and viol player, “superbly expressive and imaginative playing” (Early Music Today)
  • Alex McCartney,  - virtuoso, lute maker, author, his baroque guitar playing is “sinewy and sensuous” (Observer).