The Christmas season is upon us with a vengeance and the choir is in the thick of its busiest time of the year. Our gig at the Stockport Fairtrade Fair last Saturday was a delight for us – as we were able to check out the wonderful arts and crafts stalls at lunchtime – and apparently our audience which included the Mayor of Stockport for our second set. Christmas at its best is a festival for families, friends, neighbourhoods and communities. And as Liz our choir director said, our seasonal songs were of peace, love and harmony – something I reckon our world needs as much as ever.
We opened with Da Pacem which has a delightful medieval and monastic sound to it and perhaps gives a gentle reminder that Christmas is more than just a time of consuming stuff! That sense of the past and its culture comes out strongly in Tar Barrel with its story of burning coals carried on mens’ heads in Northumbria on New Years Eve and also Ring It In continues this theme of New Year celebration. Past Three A’clock gives us a flavour of the night watchman’s round in the cold of winter in olden times. Findlandia and Come The Time both invite us and our attentive audience to think of peace. And finally Who Will You Be? reminds us of the promise and the mystery of every new born baby which I guess is at the heart of the winter festival with its focus on (re)birth and renewal.
Concert on Saturday November 25th, 2017
Blog by William West. Picture by Sam Barr.