The Salvation Army has, for a number of years, had an involvement in the Carol Service held in Rochester Cathedral by the Voluntary Services Unit of the Medway National Health Service Primary Care Trust.
Both the Band and the Songsters have participated in past years and this year the Band once again provided music and accompanied the singing of Christmas Carols (on this occasion conducted by Deputy Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood). The event took place yesterday (6 December). A number of seasonal items were provided amongst which was a toe-tapping favourite ‘Christmas Joy’.
The other musical group performing was the choir of Rochester Grammar School for Girls (or rather choirs as there were two of them). Salvationist involvement was again evident here as the choirs were conducted by Carolynn Woodman (our Singing Company Leader) and accompanied at the piano by Kate Boughton (one of our Bible Study group leaders). Emma Davis (a songster) also sang in the senior choir. The whole school choir sang ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ and ‘Christmas isn’t Christmas (till it hapens in your heart)’ and the NChant (senior chamber choir) sang ‘The Infant King’ and ‘Angels’ Carol’. The clear and resonant acoustics of the building added much to what was truly beautiful singing.
One of the scripture readings (Matthew 2:1-12) was brought by our own Mike Gibbs
The photos below show Kate (seated) and Carolynn, Mike, Emma and Nigel.