Melbourne choir and Affetto Players present a Baroque Christmas

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Music for Christmas . . . The Choir of Newman College, University of Melbourne, joins with The Affetto Players to present A Baroque Christmas this Sunday, at 2pm, in St Paul's Cathedral. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Lovers of early music are in for a Christmas treat this Sunday, when the Choir of Newman College joins with New Zealand early music ensemble The Affetto Players to present a Baroque Christmas.

The concert, to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, at 2pm, will feature spritely carols in original Baroque form, and sumptuous motets from the Baroque period.

The programme will feature music by J.S. Bach, Handel and Praetorius.

One of Australia’s leading chamber choirs, the Choir of Newman College at the University of Melbourne is led by conductor Gary Ekkel, who will wield the baton on Sunday.

The choir was established in 2002, and specialises in the performance of sacred music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras.

Soloists with the choir include Hannah Irvine (soprano) and Stefanie Dingnis (mezzo soprano).

Formed in 2010, The Affetto Players is a period-instrument ensemble assembled from New Zealand’s finest early music exponents.

Among the period instruments featured by The Affetto Players will be a Venetian cornetto and New Zealand putatara played by Peter Reid, and a range of historic New Zealand organs played by Austrian-trained organist David Macfarlane.

Imogen Granwal will play the violoncello and viola da gamba.