Army Cadet Force Carol Service

Saturday, 6 December 2014

All O Come, All Ye Faithful
Choir    In the bleak midwinter (Gustav Holst, arr. Will Todd)
All O Little Town of Bethlehem
All Once in Royal David’s City
Choir Candlelight Carol (John Rutter)
All Stille Nacht/Silent Night
All While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
All National Anthem
All Hark the Herald Angels Sing

For the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, we sang the opening verse of Silent Night in German, in a style reminiscent of the way the story is told of Christmas 1914 in the trenches: first a lone voice began the verse, then more voices gradually took it up, and we ended the verse in choral harmony, before the whole assembly took up the second verse in English.

Will Todd’s jazz arrangement of In the bleak midwinter seems a bit of a Marmite piece – as many people told me they hated it as loved it. It worked for me.

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