Spotless Rose

Saturday 11 December 2021


Christ Church, West Didsbury

Spotless Rose explores the Christmas season from the point of view of Her: the feminine, from womanhood to motherhood to childhood. We go beyond the traditional Marian texts and see how much of the Christmas tradition, as we experience it today, is little without the all-important role of women. We also invite the audience to join us in traditional Christmas carols throughout the concert.

Full programme:

Anon. 14th-cent: Llibre vermell de Montserrat: O virgo splendens

Matthias: Sir Chistèmas

McDowall: Of a rose

Weir: Illuminare Jerusalem

Howells: A spotless rose

Anon., 15th-cent.: Ther is no rose of swych vertu

Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin

Ord: Adam lay ybounden

arr. Willcocks: Blessed be that maid Mary

Eccard: Übers Gebirge Maria geht

Stanford: Magnificat in G


Joubert: There is no rose

Victoria: O magnum mysterium

Darke: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Sá-Dantas: Menino (UK première)

Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

Anon., arr. Shaw: Coventry Carol

Daley: Balulalow

Trad., arr. Jacques: Away in a Manger

McFerrin: The 23rd Psalm

Rutter: I Sing of a Maiden

Tickets available online and on the door.