Parish Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

 (17th December 2017)

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held on the evening of 17th December 2017 - and included choral works and congregational singing. Well known carols included O little Town of Bethlehem,The First Nowell, O come all ye faithful, Away in a Manger and, to conclude the service, Silent Night. Choral works performed by the choir which were perhaps new to some of the congregation included People Look East (text - Eleanor Farjeon; music - French trad.), Sans Day Carol (from St Day, Cornwall), Christmas (Englebert Humperdinck 1854-1921 - arranged for choir by Winton Barry), and Sing Gloria (William James and Alfred Wheeler). Before the final carol, tenor Michael MacRobbie sang The Holy Boy (John Ireland 1938), and the service concluded with the Widor Toccata from Symphony No. 5 played on the church organ by Organist Winton Barry.

You can listen to the carols and other musical offerings from the service by clicking on the links below - all recordings were made live in Christ Church so there is some bacground noise, and volume levels may need to be adjusted.

Carol - Once in Royal David's City (3:13)

Carol - O Come all ye Faithful (4:31)

Choir - People Look East (2:38)

Carol - O little town of Bethlehem (3:24)

Carol - the Angel Gabriel (2:35)

Carol - Come, thou Redeemer of the Earth (3:24)

Choir - Sans Day Carol (3:19)

Carol - Away in a Manger (2:10)

Organ and Soloist Michael MacRobbie - The Holy Boy (2:59)

Choir - Christmas (2:47)

Choir - Sing Gloria (2:01)

Carol - the First Nowell (5:28)

Final Gospel Reading -Fr Russell - John 1:1-14 (1:40)

Carol - Silent Night (2:52)

Carol - Hark! the Herald Angels sing (2:47)

Organ - Toccata from Symphony No 5 (Widor) - Organist Winton Barry (6:13)


the Carol Service Choir with Organist Winton Barry   (photographs - Phillip Swain)

at the conclusiuon of the Service, supper was served......                                                               

 ... a wonderful celebration to mark the start of the Christmas season ....