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||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.