From Christmas carols to “Auld Lang Syne” and New Year’s Day waltzes, it definitely wouldn’t be a celebration without music. So whether you’re after festive classics or something more esoteric, there’s a performance for you this holiday.
For one night only, the Royal Albert Hall will next week be transformed into a cathedral: and it’s all thanks to the Tallis Scholars, who are recreating the ancient rite of Compline, the traditional ending to the church day, in a performance that sits somewhere between concert and rite.
With the discovery of the body of a Catholic king, one might think that the only worry for the local Catholic bishop would be where the service of re-interment should be held, when it should be held, which rite to use; the old Sarum or the Tridentine, who to invite, and so on.
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