Yule Britannia

Yule Britannia 

British Choral Music for Yuletide

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5pm ~ Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6300 Telephone Rd, Ventura CA

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3pm ~ Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara CA


Days growing colder and nights growing darker — here come the holidays! This year, the Adelfos Ensemble’s holiday program will feature Christmas carols and music from the land of Christmas puddings, Christmas pantomimes, and Father Christmas: Great Britain. With a selection ranging from medieval carols to recent choral arrangements, rollicking wassailing songs to gentle lullabies to favorite sing-alongs, there will be something for almost any listener to delight in.

$20 general admission, $15 students or senior citizens over 65.


The Adelfos Ensemble was founded in 2004 as a men’s a-cappella ensemble and pursued that path until 2010, when it became a mixed voice choral ensemble. Temmo Korisheli took over direction of the group from Dr. Michael Eglin in 2008. Our goal is to offer the best of a-cappella and other choral music to audiences in the Santa Barbara area through live performances, radio broadcasts, and recordings. The group programs a broad repertoire of music spanning more than a millennium, from ancient chant and Renaissance motets to folksong arrangements and contemporary works. Adelfos Ensemble exists to explore the wide world of choral literature and, as the Santa Barbara News-Press observed, to “move right and left of center in the choral tradition.”

About the Director Temmo Korisheli is an active performer in many musical styles, especially medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. Recent early-music engagements have included concerts with Ensemble Ciaramella in Los Angeles, Victoria, and New York, and with the Texas Early Music Project in Austin. He has been on staff with the Amherst Early Music Festival of New England for the past 22 years, where he has collaborated with many luminaries of the early-music world; he also serves as bursar of the Festival. Mr. Korisheli has appeared as soloist with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, the New York Collegium under Andrew Parrott, and regional oratorio societies; as a guest artist with several university early music programs around the state and beyond; and sang for many years in the UCSB Cappella Cordina. He is a founding member of the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, sings frequently in the Opera Santa Barbara Chorus, and plays clawhammer banjo, and, this December, celebrates 20 seasons of spreading Christmas cheer with the Santa Barbara Holiday Carollers. Mr. Korisheli is assistant music director at All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito. He holds the MA and PhD (ABD) degrees in historical musicology from UCSB, where he studied with Alejandro Planchart and William Prizer and where he presently supervises the Music Library.

Akathist of Thanksgiving

by Adelfos Ensemble (Men) | Performed 2014 at All Saints By The Sea

Sopranos Anna Coleman, Mary Dombek, Molly Giovanna Markstrum, Becky Hoffman, Christine Hollinger, Lee Naftali, Emma Parker

Altos Kristin Aylesworth, Holly Hoffman, Michaela Gomes, Kathy Kamath Mitchelson, Lauren Vanderlinden, Rochelle Yoshida

Tenors Ben Brown, Matt Evans, Andy Lentz, Matthew Moore, Temmo Korisheli

Basses Mark Carrillo, Jack Fischer, JC Gutierrez, Benjamin Hanson, Bob Lally, Danny Monarres, Michael Swift

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