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Making MusicCongleton Choral Society is a member of Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies.

Congleton Choral Society is a Registered Charity
No: 515851


Christmas Carol Concert

Congleton Town Hall, 22nd December 2012

There's always an extra special feeling about the Christmas Concert when it takes place very close to the day itself; as one of the audience remarked, "it means Christmas is almost here". This year the Town Hall was full to overflowing on December 22nd.

The evening began with Once in Royal David's City, the first verse sung as a solo by a choir member , as has become something of a tradition. More traditional carols were to follow, joined in with gusto by the delighted audience, at M.D Christopher Cromar's urging. The exuberance of these well -known and much loved carols was then hushed by the choir's exquisite unaccompanied singing of Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, a beautiful piece composed in 1994. Two other recently-written carols were sung and much applauded during the evening; Susanni by Richard Rodney Bennett, written in 1967, and Bob Chilcott's haunting Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child, published in his Carols 1 in 2004.

Andrew Green made the organ thunder in his two solos, Garth Edmundson's Prelude on Von Himmel Hoch and Winter Wonderland by Dick Smith and Felix Bernard.

Woven into the programme were five readings, which had been most aptly chosen by Diana Lane, who read with clarity and expression. Dylan Thomas's atmospheric A Child's Christmas in Wales delighted the audience with its quirkiness and wit, as did John Julius Norwich's parodyThe Twelve Days of Christmas - a Correspondence. The final reading was, most fittingly, from Isaiah, Chapter 9; For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.

At the end of the concert, audience members said they really enjoyed the variety and breadth of the programme and that it was a magical night. Then it was out into the cold darkness, with Christmas just around the corner, still singing our last carol; Hark The Herald Angels ……. .

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