Christemas Past with The Telling

Wednesday December 19th
Starts: 20:00
St. Paul’s, Worthing
£1 – £12 + Booking Fee

*Heating is assured at this event. Special measures will be in place for the evening, in view of the ongoing boiler problems.*

Christmas music in its original ambience

Four artistes from UK, German and Finnish bring their atmospheric Yuletide show of traditional European and Medieval English carols with special readings from various ages.
With short Q&A, merchandise and gift stalls, café-bar.

  • “We flew back over 700 years to the strumming of a harp, a candle’s flicker and exquisite, plaintive song” – The Latest
  • “a multimedia experience of light, song, music and storytelling” – The Argus
  • “sung with perfection that is heart-stopping” – Worthing Herald

Ticket prices below
(an Interview Concerts and St Paul’s co-presentation)

We find the true spirit of Christmas in its most enduring and sincere music – which most of us don’t often hear until the last days before December 25 itself. It’s then that the real Christmas melts commerciality and reaches down inside us.

Where will you find magical Christmas music and atmosphere during these exciting final days? At St Paul’s Worthing. They and The International Interview Concerts bring to Worthing this year an ambient evening of discovery back in time, to how Christmas used to sound, with some of the captivating first carols of all.

With their fascinating special candlelit show ‘Christemas Past’, ending its December tour at St Paul’s on Wednesday 19th December (8pm), come London-based international group The Telling. They will perform English Medieval carols with later traditional ones from Spain, Germany, Britain, Finland and France. Mixed in are readings of Christmas poetry or prose, ancient and modern, of timeless appeal and frequent poignancy.

You’ll reckon you’ve heard before some of these original first carols of humankind. They’re intimate, often with happy dances tunes and rousing rhythms mixed with haunting melodies.

‘Lullay,lullay, Als I Lay on Yoolis Night’ from the English, and ‘Veni, Veni Emmanuel’ from the French 13th Centuries. That’s 300 years before Shakespeare. He probably knew both these carols.

‘Angelus ad Virginem’ is from the English 14th Century. ‘There Is No Rose’ and ‘The Coventry Carol’ from the 15th. Then there is ‘Riu Riu Chiu’ from 16th Century Spain, and several European carols, such as ‘Gaudete’ from the treasured Finnish song book Piae Cantiones from the late Middle Ages.

Performing ‘Christemas Past’ will be a Worthing debut-making international line-up from The Telling’s group of artistes. Singers Clare Norburn, originally from Brighton, and Ariane Prussner from Germany, who also adds percussion; then there is Finnish medieval harpist Kaisa Pulkkinen – she also performs on recorder – and actor Patience Tomlinson is their reader.

The audience can take part in a short Question & Answer slot with the group in the interval. There will be The Telling’s merchandise table and a stall of gifts suitable for Christmas.

The evening will end around 10.10pm. Seats are all unreserved, doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.
£12 Adult
£11 Adult with 1 or 2 paying Under-19s
£10 WSS member
£5 Under-25 & Student
£1 Under-19

Tickets will be on sale at St Paul’s cafe counter on person, or at

Pictures by Robert Piwko. The Telling members in the pictures you’ll see on posters and flyers are Clare Norburn (with candle), Ariane Prussner (with drum), Kaisa Pulkkinen (on harp).

The Telling have appeared on BBC Radio, featuring on ‘In Tune’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’. Clare Norburn is a new writer of musical docudramas for radio and live performance, imagining and exploring the lives and work of male and female composing heroes and heroines down the years.

Two of these concert-plays are to visit St Paul’s next year through Worthing’s own International Interview Concerts, a branch of Worthing Symphony Society.

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