Sir Bryn Terfel to World Premiere ‘Joseph’s Carol’ With Oxford Philharmonic

By David Salazar

Sir Bryn Terfel will premiere John Rutter’s “Joseph’s Carol” on Dec. 18, 2020.

The performance will be a part of a celebratory concert featuring the famed bass-baritone with the Oxford Philharmonic in a program that will also include Elgar’s Chanson de Matin,” William Henry Monk’s “Abide With Me,” Rodger and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Rutter’s “Look to the Day,” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Rutter’s “Joseph’s Carol” was written in tribute to the Oxford Vaccine Group, the Jenner Institute and the RECOVERY team for their work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marios Papadopoulos will share conducting duties with Rutter.

“I am delighted to have been invited to contribute to this celebration, which expresses in music the gratitude we all feel in our hearts. As always, music goes beyond words,” Rutter noted in a press release.

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Maxim Vengerov, soprano Alexandra Lowe, and treble Alexander Olleson will also be featured in the performance.

The concert will be streamed worldwide via the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s YouTube channel.