Light in the Dark

01dec7:30 pm9:00 pmLight in the DarkMelos Choir & Period Instruments

Event Details

Melos Choir & Period Instruments, directed by Holly Gwynne-Timothy, presents “Light in the Dark – From Europe to Persia, 6th-19th century”, a concert of solace and light for winter’s darkest nights, featuring music for Advent, Christmas, and Yalda, on Friday 1 December at 7:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston (at King and Johnson). Joining Melos Choir and Players will be special guests Navaa Band and David Roth, Baritone. Tickets cost $25, available at Novel Idea, at the door, or online at A reception will follow to launch Melos’ new CD/album, “Voces Feminarum”.

The program will move from darkness to light with a soothing and atmospheric program, including medieval chants for Advent; 16th century Christmas carols; passionate traditional love songs for Shabe Yalda (The Persian darkest night festival); and Charpentier’s Christmas Oratorio “In Nativitatem”, with baritone soloist, David Roth (of Capella Intima and Opus 8). Instrumentalists will perform on Tar, Setar, Tanbur, Oud, Percussion, Recorders, Strings and Harpsichord.

Light refreshment and celebration will follow the concert as Melos launches its recent recording: “Voces Feminarum, Women in Music, West & East, 6th-19th century”.

Melos Choir & Period Instruments is Eastern Ontario’s leading Early Music group. The choir, vocal soloists and virtuoso instrumentalists perform music from the 6th -19th centuries from Europe, through the Middle East, in collaborative narratives highlighting contrasts between our musical traditions as well as shared musical roots. Melos also regularly hosts workshops with renowned specialists in Early Music. In January 2024, Melos will host “Chantuary” – Saturday night explorations of different ancient chant traditions; open to the public to sing along or simply to listen. In May, Melos will offer Baroque performance&practice sessions to local players of period instruments. Details at:



(Friday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


St George's Cathedral

270 King Street West, Kingston


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