The Telling
Event 13
Friday 14th December,  8:00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Christemas Past

This is an archived event from the 2018 Programme.


 Clare Norburn soprano  Ariane Prüssner mezzo, percussion  Joy Smith harp  Patience Tomlinson reader

©Robert Piwko


Christemas Past is a Medieval celebration of Christmas in words and music, performed by The Telling.

Leader Clare Norburn says their aim is “to create a new kind of concert experience for the 21st century, while encapsulating the spirit and music of the past. Blurring the boundaries of what a concert is, we bring you intimate ‘concert-theatre’ pieces. We transport you back in time through song, music, poetry and story-telling.”

This programme mixes contemplative and lively carols - some familiar, others new to us. Alongside the English Medieval carol, we’ll hear others from the European tradition - including German, Catalan and Finnish examples.

Readings, both period and more recent, will be interwoven with the music. These reflect on and illuminate the carols themselves. The singers aim to use our performing space creatively - processing at times around the audience with candles or starting at different points around the church. It promises to be a rich and compelling evening, putting us all in the right mood for Christmas.

“We flew back over 700 years to the strumming of a harp, a candle’s flicker and an exquisite, plaintive song” The Latest

Formed in 2009 by like-minded musicians, The Telling now has eight programmes, including five which combine narrative and drama within a concert. They have been resident ensemble at Brighton Early Music Festival and are current resident ensemble at Stroud Green Festival in North London. Other recent performances include Leamington Music, Omnibus Theatre, Hastings Early Music Festival, Fabrica Gallery and The Workshop Series, Lewes.