Hammersmith-based chamber choir, the Petros Singers, will perform a Christmas celebration of music by west London composers on Saturday 9 December.
The 40-strong choir will lead a rousing evening of music from 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, in Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith.
Designed to celebrate the music of composers who have lived and worked in Hammersmith and the surrounding area, the concert will feature seasonal music from Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells and John Gardner to contemporary composers and local residents, Cecilia McDowall and Kerensa Briggs.
Conducted by the choir’s musical director Richard Bannan, the singers will be accompanied by Alex Knight on organ and piano in his debut performance with the choir.
Meanwhile, festive piece Glad Christmas Comes, created by the choir’s former accompanist and composer Andrew Wells, will also be on the bill for the evening.
The Christmas concert – which will raise funds for charity London Youth Choirs – comes as the singing group celebrates its 40th anniversary year since its launch in 1983, explains musical director Richard Bannan.
“This special concert celebrating the musical talent of Hammersmith's composers – spanning early 20th century classics to contemporary Christmas music – will be a wonderful way to enjoy the festive season,” he says.
“Come along and be part of this seasonal treat, as we close our 40th-anniversary year in musical style.”
Audience members won’t be left out, as there will be a chance to join in with some popular carols during the concert, as well as enjoy warm mulled wine and mince pies.
And if you fancy joining the auditioned chamber choir, the Petros Singers rehearse each Tuesday evening from 8-9.45pm at St Peter’s Church.
Tickets for the concert cost £20, or £17 concessions/£5 under 30s, and are available online at The Petros Singers’ A Merry Hammersmithmas website and on the door.