The opening number, comprising Band, Songsters, Young People’s Band and Singing Company used three carols (‘Hark, the Herald Angels sing’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Joy to the World’) to kick off the evening in great style.
An angel (?) appeared to guide the proceedings through following five elements to the nativity story beginning with ‘Advent, the time of waiting’ featuring the carols ‘O come, all ye faithful‘ and ‘Jesus, good above all other‘.
Emma brought the solo ‘When love was born’ and Erin, Sam and Fiona voiced prayers. The Young People’s Band entertained with ‘Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’ and ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ and the Timbrels performed a drill to ‘All I want for Christmas is you’.
The angel reappeared to introduce part 2, ‘Fulfilment of Prophesies’.
After reading from Isaiah 9:2-9 the Songsters brought a sensitive rendering of ‘Mary, did you know?’. The carol ‘Come, thou long expected Jesus‘ was sung and the Band contributed ‘Masters in this hall’.
Part 3 (angel again), ‘the birth of Jesus’ began with a DVD clip depicting the journey to Bethlehem.
Moving on to part 4 our angel is back telling about ‘the journey of the wise men’.
The carol ‘As with gladness men of old‘ and the Songsters rendition of ‘Here in the stable’ introduced Major Andrea Still’s thoughts on ‘the giving of gifts’. During ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ gifts of toys were collected for our Christmas parcels appeal.
And finally ‘the story continues’.
Our angel concludes by emphasizing that the story still has a message for today and the concert ends with the Singing Company (It’s a magical time of the year) and the carol ‘See him lying on a bed of straw‘. The band played out with ‘Christmas Joy’.
Join us again tomorrow to read about the ‘Youff’ carol service held on Sunday afternoon, complete with live animals (well, one anyway!!!)