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Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

nine_lessons.jpgOn Sunday 17th December at 6:30pm, St Bride's 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 we also have the opportunity to hear a number of contrasting pieces from the choir's wide repertoire of Advent and Christmas music.

This year's service contains our customary mixture of traditional and modern carols. In the latter category we will be singing Drayton's The world's desire, and also a recent carol by the award-winning young composer Alexander Campkin, alongside an arrangement of the lovely Welsh carol Suo Gan made specially for St Bride's by Gareth Treseder. More familiar pieces include John Rutter's Mary's Lullaby (my personal favourite of all Rutter's numerous Christmas compositions) and Michael Head's The little road to Bethlehem.

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