Friday, December 29, 2017

Carols by Candlelight

12 December 2017

Part 1 - Prepare a way for the Lord

EntranceYonder come day (Georgia Sea Islands Spiritual) 
Soon and very soon (Crouch) 
Opening Responses 
ReadingIsaiah 40:1–5 The prophet Isaiah tells the people of Israel to prepare a way for the Lord
Choir Zion hears the watchmen's voices (J S Bach)
HymnO come, O come Emmanuel

Part 2 - Behold the virgin will conceive

ReadingLuke 1: 26-38 St Luke tells of the Incarnation of Jesus
ChoirNo wind at the window (Irish/Bell)
CarolThe angel Gabriel

Part 2 - He shall speak peace

ReadingMicah 5:1-4 The prophet Micah looks forward to the coming reign of peace
ChoirDona nobis pacem (round)
CarolO little town of Bethlehem

Part 4 - Today is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord

ReadingLuke 2:1-14 St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus
ChoirGaudete (Piae Cantiones)
CarolSilent Night

Part 5 - The Word was made flesh and lived among us

Reading1 John 1:1–4 St John reflects on the Incarnation
ChoirVerbum caro (Rihards Dubra)
Lord's Prayer & Blessing 
CarolJoy to the world

Feedback from last year's Carol Service was that it could have been longer. So a fifth section was added to the service. Even my singers are aware, as readers of this blog must be, that I believe in recycling. So often pieces are chosen, particularly for the students which can be used used again. Not only does this make sense in terms of rehearsal but also means that thy can have a second go at it. So considering a new section the starting point was 'what have we got' - we had sung the traditional round of Dona nobis pacem on Remembrance Day and looking at the various Advent readings there was a connection between Bethlehem and peace in Micah. The one question was order. Instead of a scriptural order (OT before NT) I went for a musical order in that I think it would have been odd to have sung O little town before the Annunciation.

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