Seeing and hearing carols in different light at Kino-Teatr in St Leonards

Acclaimed medieval music group The Telling this weekend brings earliest and traditional carols to town complete with candlelight and atmosphere.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 9:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 5:11 pm
The Telling at Kino-Teatr
The Telling at Kino-Teatr

The Telling is “thrilled” to open its Christmas tour by bringing the Story Of The Carol programme to Kino-Teatr in St Leonards on Sunday December 2 from 11am. This is part of Kino-Teatr’s coffee concert series and the ticket price of £10 includes coffee and a mince pie, available from

This event explores the earliest carols and tells the story of the carol’s evolution from a simple dance form that had a chorus, into hymns that are sung at Christmas.

“The earliest carols didn’t necessarily have anything to do with Christmas at all,” said The Telling’s soprano Clare Norburn. “A good example of a non-Christmas carol is the ‘Agincourt Carol, Deo Gracias Anglia’ which is a celebration of English victory at Agincourt with God firmly on the side of the English.”

The Telling has a reputation for intimate, staged concerts to bring old music off the page and reach wider audiences. They create a different concert experience, combining ballads and upbeat instrumental dances with narrative, readings or film. They often perform some numbers while moving around the audience and use lighting and/or candlelight.

The Telling is made up of Clare Norburn, Ariane Prüssner on harp and percussion, and Joy Smith playing medieval and Celtic harp.

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