Concert reviews: Christmas Oratorio 4 December 2021

The UK premiere of Sir James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio was met with a standing ovation from the Royal Festival Hall audience, and the critics loved it too…

“Hearing this 100-minute modern masterpiece performed live in its British premiere, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir surmounting its profound challenges superbly under Mark Elder’s direction, was as powerful an experience, musical and spiritual, as I expect to hear from a living composer for years”

★★★★★ from The Times


"No surprise to find the audience giving orchestra, chorus, conductor, soloists and, above all, composer a standing ovation"

★★★★★ from The Observer


“Conductor Mark Elder is the master of marshalling such diverse forces, and this was a wholly confident and well-prepared London premiere by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir”

★★★★ from The Telegraph

“Deserves its place alongside Bach in the seasonal repertoire”

★★★★★ from Bachtrack


"A fresh Christmas star shines in the musical firmament. Let's hope that audiences far and wide get to enjoy its light"

★★★★★ from The Arts Desk


“Superb performance from the LPO & Choir”

★★★★ from Planet Hugill

“The London Philharmonic Choir was so on the ball its members might have been singing from memory; and Elder animated MacMillan’s irrepressible sense of drama, imagination and truth with irresistible fluency, matched by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s fabulously responsive playing”

From Classical Source