Music and Readings for Advent and Christmas
Sunday, 9 December 2012
|Cathedral Choir & Notability||The truth from above (Traditional, arr. R Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958)|
|All||Come, thou long-expected Jesus|
|Notability||Mirabile dictu (Carol Ann Duffy/Sasha Johnson Manning) |
Jesus child (John Rutter)
|All||Once in royal David’s city|
|Cathedral Choir||My Lord has come (Will Todd)|
|All||While shepherds watched their flocks|
|Anthony Hunt (Organ)||Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (J.S. Bach)|
|Notability||Mary, Mary (Mary Donnelly/George Strid)|
|All||O little town of Bethlehem|
|Cathedral Choir||All my heart this night rejoices (J.G. Ebeling, tr. C. Winkworth)|
|All||God rest ye merry, gentlemen|
|Cathedral Choir||Angels we have heard on high (trad., arr. Eric Paździora)|
|All||Hark the herald angels sing|
|Cathedral Choir & Notability||O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauridsen)|
|All||O come, all ye faithful|
|All||O come, O come Emmanuel|
|Anthony Hunt||Vom Himmel Hoch, (J.S. Bach)|
Our usual partner charity AgeUK (formerly Age Concern) was unable to join us in mounting this year’s event, so instead we teamed up as usual with ace chamber choir Notability and put the show on ourselves. Speakers came from our two chosen charities, and there were scripture readings, and words of welcome, a prayer and a blessing from Canon Tony.
Overall my aim in compiling the programme was to give the event a more nuanced Advent feel, compared with the usual full-on Christmas celebration of previous years. This was probably more evident from the readings (Luke 1:26-38, Isaiah 40:1-5;9, John 1:1-5; 9-14) than from the music, though beginning and ending with Advent hymns seemed to set the tone successfully.
From a musical point of view, the high point was undoubtedly the two choirs joining together to sing Lauridsen’s stunningly beautiful setting of the famous Christmas text. It was a joy to sing.