Two concerts prior to Christmas proved to be great fun.
Monday 4th December
The London Phoenix Orchestra performed in the newly restored Wren City Church of St Andrew’s Holborn with a mix of Carols and Christmas Music including Malcolm Arnold’s ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, Glazunov’s ‘The Seasons: Winter’ and that wonderful piece by Leroy-Anderson ‘Christmas Festival’. The latter was frequently played by the Boston Pops Orchestra and includes ‘Sleigh Ride’. Great fun, and it all ended rather too quickly. The restoration of the church is impressive – I just hope they have got the heating working properly now!!
Rowan Preparatory School held it’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in Holy Trinity Church, Claygate. I had been invited to perform with the Rowan Singers in the Swedish Carol, ‘Sankta Lucia’. My friend and colleague, Angus Cunningham, wrote a cello obbligato to the Brownsey/Lanz arrangement for 2 part Choir and Piano. The church was beautifully lit and decorated, the girls sang beautifully and it made for a very enjoyable day’s work.