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Ceremony of Carols: Britten and Beyond

Saturday, December 11 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm


Event Details

When: Saturday, December 11th @ 2:00pm (doors open at 1:45pm)

Where: Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Tickets*: General – $20

                      Senior (65 & Older) – $10

                      Children (18 & under) – $5

                      Students w/ valid ID – $5

*Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

  • Online purchase: Please check in at the will-call table to verify your ticket purchase upon entry to the concert.
  • In-person purchase: Credit card is preferred, but we will also accept cash.

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Covid-19 Audience Policy: Masks must be worn by all concert attendees.

Interested in supporting Pittsburgh Girls Choir, but you are unable to attend our concert? We accept donations! Checks can be made payable to Pittsburgh Girls Choir, or you can contribute through GoFundMe by clicking this link: https://gofund.me/58a24a21

Pittsburgh Girls Choir is delighted to announce our return to live performance for a holiday concert with harpist Nuiko Wadden, featuring Benjamin Britten’s beloved “A Ceremony of Carols” (Op. 28). 

Beautifully suited to the warmth and purity of young women’s voices, Ceremony of Carols has become a signature work for Pittsburgh Girls Choir. This cycle of eleven pieces sets to music eleven early English and Latin poems, including Wolcum Yole (“Welcome, Yule”), There is no rose and Hodie Christus natus est. Composed by Britten in the dark days of 1942 as a work of hope and belief in a better future, it was originally written for SSA children’s choir: literally the voice of the future.  

Ceremony of Carols was first performed by the women’s voices of the Fleet Street Choir at Norwich Castle on 5 December 1942. Regularly performed around the world in the holiday season ever since, Pittsburgh Girls Choir are thrilled to continue this tradition and look forward to sharing it with our audience!