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Jesu Meine Freude
JS Bach (1685 - 1750)

The Little Match Girl Passion  
David Lang (b 1957) 

There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.’ 
The Guardian

A moving concert for Christmas time: Gramophone award-winning vocal ensemble I Fagiolini brings together David Lang’s exquisite The Little Match Girl Passion with one of J S Bach’s greatest motets, Jesu, meine Freude and Christmas carols.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s heartbreaking children’s story, Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece takes its inspiration from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and is here animated with delicate live animation by Matthew Robins. The two pieces are threaded together by evocative Christmas carols from Germany and Andersen’s native Denmark, to create a poignant alternative yuletide concert.

"Silhouettes that have something of the deft wit of Picasso sketches" The Guardian, on shadow-puppeteer Matthew Robins. 

Puppetry Matthew Robins
Produced by Opera North Projects
Creative Advisor John Fulljames
Director Robert Hollingworth

Created by Opera North Projects with support from Emerald Group Publishing Limited

You can hear an excerpt of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion here.
Find out more about I Fagiolini here.

The London performance is part of Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

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London Spitalfields Music Winter Festival at Shoreditch Church 14 Dec 2012 7:00pm

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Leeds Howard Assembly Room 15 Dec 2012 7:45pm

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The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


Coventry Warwick Arts Centre 21 Dec 2012 7:30pm

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What the critics say

David Lang's retelling of Hans Andersen's fairy tale is an entrancingly beautiful piece

The Guardian - Read full review

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