Christmas by Candlelight with The Whole Noyse

SF Bach Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, December 2, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 4, SOLD OUT

Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St. (at Jackson)
San Francisco


Celebrate the holiday season with our beloved, traditional candlelight concert with the internationally known merry band The Whole Noyse and their unusual Renaissance instruments.

Bring the whole family for a festive, contemplative, lush, jubilant journey around the world at Christmas. We will offer joyful and meaningful holiday music from many periods and countries — from plainchant to American shape-note hymns, early motets to delightful new works.

We’ll surround you with music and candlelight for an unforgettable, moving experience that brings audiences to their feet year after year. Let’s raise the roof! Join the choir on the carols, together with handbells, cornettos, sackbuts, and shawms!

Purchase your tickets early; these concerts sold out last year!


Guest Artists

The Whole Noyse

The Whole Noyse

The Whole Noyse is celebrating its 31st year as one of the country’s leading early brass ensembles.  Specializing in the performance of music of the Renaissance and early Baroque, The Whole Noyse focuses on the combination of cornetts, sackbuts and curtal, instruments that made up the primary professional wind group of the 16th and 17th centuries.  In keeping with the versatility expected of wind players of the period, the ensemble also doubles on recorders and flutes and often mixes in the sounds of shawm, slide trumpet, gittern, violin, and viola.

Concerts by The Whole Noyse both in Europe and across North America have been enthusiastically received.  The group has collaborated with some of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including Magnificat, The King’s Noyse, The Newberry Consort, and Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, as well as a number of choirs, including the Vancouver Cantata Singers, Pro Coro Canada, San Francisco Choral Artists, and AVE.  In 2010, the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, The Whole Noyse was invited to participate in more than 15 performances of that monumental work in cities around the US and Canada, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Vancouver, Calgary, and Honolulu.

The group has performed alone on the concert series of numerous early music societies and in other venues. Its solo recording, Lo Splendore d’Italia, is available on the Helicon label. It can also be heard on recordings by Magnificat, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers of major works of the seventeenth century; the Vancouver Cantata Singers’ CD Venetian Vespers of 1640 was nominated for a Juno Award and won the Outstanding Choral Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors.