Allegra Performs Lessons and Carols with the Byrd Ensemble
December 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We are so excited for Allegra to partner with the internationally acclaimed Byrd Ensemble again this year to present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”.
Tickets available on the Byrd Ensemble Website at https://byrdensemble.ticketleap.com/
In compiance with King County guildelines attendees (12 years and up) will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of concert upon arrival at Town Hall. ID will be checked at the same time.
A little history on the “Lessons and Carols” tradition. The general format is that there is a reading from the bible (usually the King James version, as it is an Anglican tradition) on the Christmas story. The reading is followed by a song by the choir related to the reading, followed by a carol sung by the whole audience. The format dates to 1880, but was popularized by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge in 1918. Since then, the boys and young men of the King’s College choir have performed the concert every year on Christmas Eve, except for 1930. In the early 1930s the BBC began broadcasting the concert overseas, even in the middle of World War II when the stained glass had been removed (along with the heat!) from the Chapel for safety.
Lessons and Carols concerts have a long tradition in Seattle and we hope you will make this stunning offering part of your holiday celebration!
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