Christmas Carols & Readings

'The Birth of the New'
Christmas Carols and Readings

St George's Bristol
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th December 2009

Gavin Carr Conductor

Nigel Nash Piano

New conductor Gavin Carr's first Christmas concerts with Bristol Bach Choir contained a joyful mixture of seasonal music and carols including recent works by Sir John Tavener and Paul Carr, interspersed with more traditional fayre, all leavened with the now-celebrated Bach Choir readings both humorous and thoughtful.



Processional: Once in Royal David's city
Choir: How brightly shines the morning star! (from Christus) - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Everyone: Hark! The herald angels sing
Reading: Bells Ringing - Leonard Clark
Choir: Adam lay ybounden - Boris Ord (1897-1961)
All this time - William Walton (1902-1983)
Reading: Twelfth Night - Laurie Lee
Choir: Twelfth Night - Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
A Silent Night - Paul Carr (b. 1961)
Reading: Behold I stand - Gerard Kelly
Choir: Christmas 1903 - Tim Warren
(Tim is a current member of the choir, singing tenor)
Bethlehem Down - Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
Everyone: See amid the winter's snow - arr. Sir David Willcocks (b. 1919)
Choir: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - trad. arr. Willcocks
Sir Christemas - William Matthias (1934-1992)


Choir: Today the Virgin - John Taverner (b. 1944)
Bogoroditsye Dyevo - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Readings: Christmas Sounds - U A Fanthorpe
Kid Stuff - Frank Home
Everyone: O come, O come, Emmanuel
Reading: Saturday Night at the Bethlehem Arms - Gareth Owen
Choir: Sussex Carol - Philip Ledger (b. 1937)
Nativity Carol - John Rutter (b. 1945)
Reading: King John's Christmas - A A Milne
Choir: Wassail! - Margaret Williams (b.1961)
(Margaret is a current member of the choir, singing alto)
The Twelve Days of Christmas - arr. John Rutter
Everyone: O come, all ye faithful
Reading: Three wise dads bearing camcorders - Oliver Pritchett
Choir: Mary's Boy Child - Jester Hairston (1901-2000) arr. Bernard Wight
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - trad. arr. Arthur Warrell