Christmas is Coming!

Music and Readings for Advent and Christmas

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cathedral Choir & Notability Bogoroditse Devo (Sergei Rachmaninov, 1873-1943)
All O come, O come Emmanuel
Notability God rest you merry, Gentlemen (Trad English, arr. James Neal Koudelka)
The Infant King (Basque Noël arr. David Willcocks)
All Once in royal David’s city
Cathedral Choir Beatus Auctor Saeculi (Tarik O’Regan)
All O little town of Bethlehem
Anthony Hunt (Organ) Walking in the air (Howard Blake, arr. Robert Gower)
Notability What Child is This? (Thomas Hewitt Jones)
The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé & Robert Wells, arr. D W Jepson)
All Unto us is born a Son
Cathedral Choir & Notability The Sussex Carol (arr. Bob Chilcott)
All Good King Wenceslas
Cathedral Choir Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych)
All Hark the herald angels sing
Cathedral Choir & Notability My Lord has come (Will Todd)
All O come, all ye faithful
All Lo he comes with clouds descending
Anthony Hunt Chorale Prelude on Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her (Johann Pachelbel, 1653-1706)

Like last year’s, this year’s event was in aid of two deserving local charities, Salford Loaves and Fishes and Caritas Diocese of Salford. June Ashton of Notability was the driving force behind its organisation. As always, it was a joy for the two choirs to combine forces, this year striking notes of tender serenity in the pieces by Rachmaninov and Will Todd, and of quirky exuberance in Bob Chilcott’s Sussex Carol arrangement.

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