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On Sunday 21st December, the 4th Sunday in Advent, at 6:30p.m., we will be presenting a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
The St Bride's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols offers the only chance during the season to hear the full range of readings in the form of service devised by Eric Milner-White for King's College, Cambridge in 1918. The congregation takes a full part in the service by singing Christmas hymns ranging from "Once in Royal David's City" to "O come all ye faithful" and the choir has plenty of chance to shine as well.
Choir pieces include the very traditional (Darke's "In the bleak midwinter" and Cornelius's "Three Kings from Persian lands afar") and the more adventurous, with music by Alexander L'Estrange, Judith Weir and Richard Rodney Bennett.
Bennett's "Gloria, Gloria" is a late work, dating from 2010, and is a setting of a poem by Meg Peacocke, the composer's sister. The choir's offering is completed by a lively new arrangement of "Ding dong merrily on high" by former St. Bride's organ scholar Stuart Nicholson and Holst's setting of "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day"