Back at Southwark Cathedral for the last weekend before Christmas 2009. Friday evening was the Cathedal Choir’s Christmas Concert. The first half was devoted to Part 1 of the Messiah and the Hallelujah Chorus which concludes Part 2. The trebles – Nicholas Ashby, Milo Harper, Joshua Davis amd Thomas Barkley – acquitted themselves admirably with their solos.
The accompaniment was provided by the Chaemeleon Arts Orchestra and Stephen Disley (Assistant Organist) on the Chamber Organ under the direction of Peter Wright (Director of Music at Southwark)
After the interval it was a selection of traditional carols.
- O Little Town of Bethlehem (with the descant by Thomas Armstrong)
- People, look East (arr Harry Bramma b. 1936)
- Adam lay y-bounden (Boris ORd 1897-1961)
- O Come, all ye faithful (with the well known descant by David Willcocks)
- A tender shoot (Otto Goldschmidt 1829-1907)
- Allelujia! Freuet euch (Andreas Hammerschmidt 1612-1675)
- Organ Solo – In dulci jubilo (J.S. Bach 1685-1750) by the Organ Scholar – Tom Little
- In the Bleak mid-winter. The soloist for verses 2 and 3 was the treble Thomas Barkley who had previous perform the solo in the O2 arena on two successive nights in front of 20,000.
- Silent Night (arr Bary Rose b. 1934)
- The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius 1824-1874). Soloist: Peter Floyd
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing (with the descant by David Willcocks)
A enjoyble evening and a great start to the weekend.