Thursday, December 20, 2012

Festival of lessons and carols

The band performing last night
IF you missed the Derwent Valley Concert Band's amazing Christmas concert on Wednesday night, there is still one last chance to see and hear them in action this year. The band will accompany the singing at a traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Matthew's Anglican Church, this Sunday at 8pm.

Derwent Valley Concert Band president Layton Hodgetts said the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols had been celebrated at St Matthew's for the last 25 years at least. It has its origins in Truro, Cornwall, in 1880, and has been adapted for use all over the world. Since 1918 it has been an annual fixture at King's College, Cambridge, and from there it has been broadcast to the world since 1928.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Matthew's Church in  Bathurst St, New Norfolk, at 8pm this Sunday will be led by the St Matthew’s Singers and the Derwent Valley Choir, accompanied by the Derwent Valley Concert Band and guest organist Greg Stephens. All welcome.

Young soprano Petronella van Tienen singing with the band last night

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