Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Saturday, 1 December 2012 - 7:30pm

Tickets: buy online 
(booking fees apply; see below)

Saturday 1 December 2012

Southampton Guildhall, 7.30 pm

Southampton Philharmonic Choir
and Southampton University Philharmonic Choir

The Hanover Band

Erica Eloff
Catherine King
James Edwards
Alexander Robin Baker

David Gibson (conductor)

(With English libretto)

Bach Christmas Oratorio   This mighty work has all the profundity and grandeur associated with Bach's great choral works, with the added joy and celebration of the Christmas story. Told in a series of dazzling choruses and sublime solo arias, the familiar narrative unfolds with ever-increasing charm and subtelty. The music is varied and often dramatic but is always radiant and exquisite. Played by the baroque specialist orchestra The Hanover Band using period instruments, and sung by a distinguished team of four British soloists, this promises to be an ideal preparation for the festive season.

Video: David Gibson talks to Claire Routh about Christmas Oratorio

Image: Cover of recommended recording of Bach's Christmas OratorioDavid Gibson's recommended recording

David favours the René Jacobs interpretation, featuring the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and four superb soloists, including Andreas Scholl. Click here to view details of the recording on Amazon.

Note: this recording is in the original German; our performance is in English.   

Booking (from 1 August) 

Booking fees apply on phone orders from the Guildhall box office and orders made via the Guildhall web site. However there are ways to avoid the fees, namely:

  • Buy your tickets from a choir member.
  • Buy your tickets directly from the Guildhall Box Office, in person. You can pay by cash, credit or debit card but cheques are not accepted. Tickets may also be bought on the door on the night of the concert, subject to availability.
  • Phone the Guildhall Box Office and ask to reserve your seats. You will be given a booking reference and then you have 5 working days to send payment (cheques only). If you send a SAE (size A6 at least) you will save yourself the standard £1.50 postal charge.


Ticket prices: £9, £15, £17 & £20 with concessions.


  • Over 60s - £1 discount.
  • “Kids for a Quid” scheme for children aged 12 and under.
  • Students, older children, job seekers and disabled - £6, £7.50, £8.50 & £10
  • (Carers accompanying wheelchair users - free).
  • Group Concession - buy 10, get 11th ticket free.


Box Office: Civic Centre NorthGuild, Southampton, SO14 7LP

Telephone:             023 8063 2601      

Group concessions:             023 8083 3612