Celebration of Christmas in aid of Age Concern

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Cathedral Choir & Notability What sweeter music (John Rutter)
All O Come all ye Faithful
Notability Simeon’s Song (Robin Stevens)
Just another Star (Karl Jenkins and Carol Barratt, arr. Peter Gritton)
All O little town of Bethlehem
Jon Christos & Jenny WilliamsO Holy Night (Adolphe Adam)
Panis Angelicus (César Franck)
All Good King Wenceslas
Cathedral Choir Angels we have heard on high (trad. arr Eric Paździora)
All Once in Royal David’s City
Notability Sweet was the Song (Andrew Goff)
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (John Neal Koudelka)
Anthony Hunt (Organ) Prelude on ‘Forest Green’ (Philip Marshall)
Cathedral Choir O Magnum Mysterium (T.L. de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Jon Christos & Jenny Williams In the Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke) – with Notability & Cathedral Choir
Silent Night (Franz Grüber)
Singalong led by Jon & Jenny Winter Wonderland
The Christmas Song
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
All Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Anthony Hunt Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Herr (Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau)

Musically speaking, there was something for everyone: choirs, soloists Jon, Jenny and Anthony, and audience; plus readings and talks from local dignitaries, and a prayer and blessing led by Bishop Brain.

It was fun to join forces with the excellent Notability to sing Rutter’s What sweeter music: singing in the sumptuous acoustic of the Cathedral chancel, we took it slowly and left plenty of room at the pauses, all to let Robert Herrick’s words speak as beautifully as the music.


  1. What music will you be singing at Midnight Mass?

  2. Hello Catherine, and thanks for dropping by. For Midnight Mass (which actually starts at 11.30 on Christmas Eve), we'll have our usual mix of congregational and choral, and Celebration Brass will be with us once again. The 'choral' items include Victoria, Rutter and Pazdziora, as in the Age Concern event. All that plus congregational carols, Missa Ubi Caritas by Bob Hurd, and lots more. I hope you’ll be able to make it.