Advent and Christmas with Stamford Bridge Singers
The weeks before Christmas were a busy time for the singers. Early in December the choir returned to a favourite venue at the Bar Convent to sing a range of Advent and Christmas music. The event was entitled “Puer Natus”, and there was a wide range of music from the very haunting and simple version of the plainsong Puer Natus to a very modern setting of Ave Maria, by our own Director of Music. Haydn’s “The Heavens are Telling” was one of the highlights with Geoffrey Coffin providing suitable accompaniment on the organ to complement the three soloists and the choir. Members of the choir, as well as providing the traditional readings, also showed their versatility by managing to sing a number of different carols in a specially arranged medley for two semi- choruses and choir.
At Catton Church the choir performed the same programme to a packed church. The candlelight section was particularly effective and the congregation joined in lustily with the traditional carols. Favourites with the listeners were Samuel Scheidt’s “A Child is Born in Bethlehem” arranged for a soloist and double choir and “The Carol of the Drum”, complete with percussive basses. In both venues the choir was well looked after, especially after the events and it was good to meet a number of past members and friends of the choir.
In the week before Christmas the choir went to a local Old People’s home to sing carols, and this was a delightfully enjoyable experience. The residents joined in with the carols and one even offered advice to the choir! Afterwards most of the choir gathered round the poole table in a local pub and entertained the locals as they were waiting for their weekly quiz.
This was a very good end to a busy Advent and Christmas season.