SMSG Church band did some outreach activity on Friday 19th December when we played Christmas carols for shoppers at Kingston Shopping Centre for an hour (following the Orphean Singers) and helped raise money for Carers UK (the two groups raised £216.93 in 2 hours). Lesley had carefully chosen carols which would be sung or played in church rather than Christmas songs, so we played from our Christmas Bonanza 1 and 2 selections plus a couple of other carols on in those collections.
MK Chorale gave a wonderful pre-Christmas concert in St Mary & St Giles Church on Saturday 20th December, conducted by Oliver Neal Parker, with Tim Grant-Jones at the piano.
It was an hour of readings and carols. Over 80 of the MK Chorale members sang for a very large and appreciative audience.
- Sussex Carol (trad arr. David Willcocks) – choir
- The First Nowell (trad arr. David Willcocks) – choir and audience
- Reading: St Luke 2. V1-20 – read by Clare Francis
- I saw a maiden sitten and sing (old Basque Noel arr. Edgar Pettman) – choir
- A maiden most gentle (French traditional arr. Andrew Carter) – choir
- In dulci jubilo (Old German carol arr. R L Pearsall) – choir
- Little town of Bethlehem (arr. R Vaughan Williams & T Armstrong) – choir and audience
- Reading: Just the two of us (Allan Williams) – read by Will Swann & Karen Collcott
- Nativity carol (John Rutter) – choir
- The infant king (Basque Noel arr. David Willcocks) – choir
- See amid the winter’s snow (John Goss arr. David Willcocks) – choir and audience
- Nocturne in E flat manger (from Christmas Chopin by Tim Grant-Jones) – piano solo by Tim
- Ding dong merrily on high (16th French melody arr. Charles Wood) – choir
- holy night (Cantique de Noel by Adolphe Adam arr. Oliver Neal Parker) – choir
- It came upon the midnight clear (trad. Arr. Sullivan & Willcocks) – choir and audience
- Reading: The Christmas truce (Carol Ann Duffy) – read by Don Head
- Silent night (Franz Gruber) – choir
- God rest you merry, gentlemen (trad. Arr. David Willcocks) – choir and audience
- Reading: A politically correct Christmas – read by Oliver Neal Parker
- Come, all ye faithful (J F Wade arr. David Willcocks) – choir and audience
The concert was followed by mulled wine and mince pies provided by MK Chorale. Photos of the concert can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/sets/72157650111668751/