The Worthing-based International Interview Concerts (IICs) are well-placed to find out and showcase their discoveries in their ‘Advent Crown’ show on Sunday December 6 at 6pm. It will be a livestreaming on their new YouTube channel, linking to the homes of some of their associated professional musicians from other countries.
Relaxed conversations between their own performances of carols or related music will enable us to share what their own Christmases look and sound like, as well as what they enjoy of the universal features and sounds of the season. And learn what they most look forward to. Viewers can ask questions online, on the day.
These featured Advent Crown guests are from 4 overseas nations – one of them, Mexican, living in a fifth. To maintain the element of surprise, their identities are under wraps until the show.
These 7 musicians will bring their own national carols or pieces, and they’ll perform others of universal familiarity, amounting to music from 9 countries. Of the two best-loved English settings of In The Bleak Midwinter, one is by The Planets’ composer, Gustav Holst. Now, Advent Crown, one guest will unfold something else Christmassy by him few Brits know.
Whatever the chats uncover, at least one startling revelation is guaranteed. One carol will tell us how English-speaking nations have been rather sniffy about what they deemed suitable Christmas carol material. No giveaways now, except that it’s about imagery, and it’s been run by at least one celebrity singer past millions of English-speakers who never knew . . .
In non pandemic-tormented times, these IICs guest musicians earn their living on classical instruments or their voice, but they are all-round musical people. Here they will be presenting Christmas music they have jumped at the chance to perform, and are relishing it. So expect some familiar Christmas music in new clothing.
The International Interview Concerts are running a 12-point countdown to Advent Crown on their Facebook page, with engaging text, pictures and music links.
There is a ‘gofundme’ page for voluntary contributing towards the Advent Crown’s performing musicians and the charity’s continued work in schools and public. You will find it at –