Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force Carol Service

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Choir Angels we have heard on high (trad., arr. Eric Paździora)
All O Come, All Ye Faithful
Choir    The Truth From Above (Traditional, arr. R Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958)
All O Little Town of Bethlehem
Choir My Lord has Come (Will Todd)
All Silent Night
All While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
All National Anthem
All Hark the Herald Angels Sing

We followed the same pattern as for the last two years, with Celebration Brass joining us in a cathedral packed with young army cadets and an array of visiting dignitaries. The programme was slightly slimmed down from previous years, with one fewer reading and one fewer carol, and the running order in between the musical items more or less conformed to the template of readings–reflections–prayers. I thought in this form it made for a highly effective celebration.

Our musical highlight was undoubtedly Will Todd’s enchanting offering from Carols for Choirs 5. I'm not completely convinced by Todd’s text: no place for them but a stable sounds like it ought to refer to the holy family, but in fact he’s referring to the shepherds and wise men (and later me as well), and I don’t know what he means. Musically, though, it’s irresistible: I expect it to become a Classic FM favourite in no time.

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