Christmas Carols & Readings

Carols and Readings

St George's Bristol
Friday 18th & Saturday 20th December 2008

Peter Leech Conductor

Peter Leech's farewell concert after ten years as conductor of the Bristol Bach Choir contained a glittering mix of music and carols to inspire, interspersed with readings challenging the audience to reflect on the true values of Christmas.

"...Two of the biggest hits of the evening were William Llewellyn's exciting arrangement of Ding Dong Merrily On Highand In Dulci Jubilo which the choir sang skilfully and with broad smiles on their faces..." (Gerry Parker, Bristol Evening Post)

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Choir: Matin Responsory: I look from afar (adapted from G P da Palestrina c.1525-94)
Reading: Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 The people that walked in darkness
Choir: Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht - from "Christmas Oratorio" (J S Bach 1685-1750)
Audience: Once in Royal David's City
Reading: This winter night - Anon
Choir: Capriol Carol (Brian Kelly b.1934)
A new carol composed for Peter Leech and the Bristol Bach Choir, using an anonymous medieval text
and based on a theme from Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite
Reading: A wise man and the star - U A Fanthorpe
Choir: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (Christopher Stunt, 1939-2008)
Christopher was a member of Bristol Bach Choir from 1998 to 2006
The Shepherds' Farewell - from "The Childhood of Christ" (Hector Berlioz 1803-69)
Readings: The Crib - Robert Findi
Lucy's Carol - Lucy (aged 4) heard by her mother as she talked to her dolls
Choir: O Little Town of Bethlehem (H Walford Davies 1869-1941)
Quem vidistis, pastores? (Richard Dering c.1580-1630)
Audience: Unto us is born a Son
Choir: Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Arvo Pärt b. 1935)
Hodie Christus natus est (J P Sweelinck 1562-1621)


Choir: In dulci jubilo (H Praetorius 1560-1629)
Reading: What Every Woman Knows - Phyllis McGinley
Audience: O come, all ye faithful
Choir: O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauridsen b.1943)
What sweeter music (John Rutter b.1945)
Reading: Carol Singing - from "A Child's Christmas in Wales" - Dylan Thomas
Choir: Silent Night (Franz Gruber arr. Alan Ridout)
Ding dong merrily on high (French 16th cent., arr. William LLewelyn)
Reading: The Wisest of Men Make Lists - Oliver Pritchett
Audience: Hark! the herald angels sing
Reading: Reginald's Christmas Revel - Saki (H H Munro)
Choir: Benedicamus Domino (Peter Warlock 1894-1930)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (traditional, arr. Arthur Warrell)