IFC CHRISTMAS CONCERT CONTINUES TRADITION OF CELEBRATING THE SEASON WITH MUSIC, WINTER TREATS AND DONATIONS TO RE-FORESTATION CHARITY
(Beijing, China) For the 14th year running, International Festival Chorus (IFC) and Peking Sinfonietta continue their annual tradition of performing the immensely popular Christmas classic, Handel’s Messiah, on Saturday 3 December 2016 at Harrow International School Beijing.
“Each year I look forward to bringing together diverse Beijing communities to celebrate the holidays with one of the world’s greatest choral masterpieces,” says Artistic Director Nicholas Smith, OBE.
Given the Christmas theme, this year’s concert will benefit the Chinese environment, with the chosen charity Future Forest tasked with planting trees in Inner Mongolia’s Kubuqi desert to stabilize the sands and improve the local ecosystem. With every two tickets sold, one tree will be planted during next year’s expeditions.
Nicholas Smith OBE will conduct musicians of the IFC and Peking Sinfonietta along with four distinguished soloists: Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, Swedish tenor Torbjörn Stålberg, Chinese alto Li Tiaotiao and Russian soprano Svetlana Medvedeva.
Red Kitchen Cabinet caterers will set up their annual Christmas Tuck Shoppe so guests can taste traditional mulled wine, pies, cookies and cakes.
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by attending a traditional choral concert, indulging on holiday treats and helping to plant much-needed trees in the desert?
About the International Festival Chorus
Over the past 15 years, International Festival Chorus (IFC) has put on over 30 performances of the world’s great choral music, as well as world premiers of works specially commissioned from Chinese composers. Started in 2002, the IFC has set about becoming a truly international organisation, aiming to appeal to Chinese audiences as much as Western. The chorus of Chinese and international IFC singers aims to support China in developing as a global cultural centre by introducing the world’s best choral music and showcasing China’s musical talent.
About Peking Sinfonietta
Also founded by Nicholas Smith OBE in 2002, Peking Sinfonietta is one of China’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles. Bringing together some of the finest musicians working in China today, Peking Sinfonietta has built a reputation for inspired performances and innovative programming.