St Philip's Carol services of Nine Lessons and Carols

The service of Nine Lessons and Carols was devised by the Most Revd Edward White Benson (Archbishop of Canterbury 1882-1896) and first used in Truro Cathedral on Christmas Eve, 1880.

Sunday 19 December 2010

Ministers: Rev'd Rebecca Newland, Rev'd Myung-Hwa Park
Music directed by Colin Forbes
Selected by Pat Forbes

The Carols

Lo! He comes with clouds descendingCharles Wesley, 1707-88
There's a light upon the mountainHenry Burton 1840-1930, tune Maurice Wostenholm 1887-1959
Long Ago, Prophets KnewFrederick Pratt Green, melody from Piae Contiones 1582, harm. Gustav Holst, arr. John Wilson
Joy to the WorldIsaac Watts 1674-1748 alt. based on Psalm 98
Behold a rose is growingAnon. German, 15th cent., trans by HR Spaeth and JC Mattes, music Cologne 1599.
The angel GabrielBasque carol, tr. Sabine Baring-Gould; music: Basque traditional, arr. Edgar Pettman
Angels from the realms of gloryJames Montgomery 1771-1854, French traditional, arr Martin Shaw, 1875-1958
While shepherds watched their flocks by night.
Hark! the herald angels singCharles Wesley 1707-88 and others
The first NowellAnon, English c. 17th cent
O Come all ye faithful18th century Latin, tr. Frederick Oakeley; melody: John Francis Wade
Silent nightJoseph Mohr, trans John Freeman Young; melody: Franz Xavier Gruber

The Choir and Musicians

Sopranos: Linda Anchell, Estelle Canning, Leith Dudfield, Vicki Hodges, Alison Knight, Cath Lawrence, Denise Manley, Madeleine Rowland, Jenny Sawer, Judith Swanson
Altos: Sarah Barnes, Catriona Bryce, Mary Bush, Leila Fetter, Lou Merrington, Rachel Parsons, Patricia Whitbread
Tenors: Gerard Clifton, Alex Maroya, Alex Slater
Basses: Gerard Atkinson, Brian McKinlay, Peter Smith, Matthew Stuckings
Flute: Ellen Trevanion
Double Bass: Justin Bullock
Trumpet: Matthew Stuckings
Organ/Piano: Colin Forbes

The Lord at first did Adam makeEnglish traditional, arr. David Willcocks.
Babe of BethlehemThe Southern Harmony, 1854, arr. Elizabeth Poston. [Flute obbligato played by Ellen Trevanian.]
Rejoice lordingsEarly English, arr Arthur Oldham.
All this timeWilliam Walton. Words: 16th Century
No wind at the windowMusic: Irish traditional, arr. John Bell
Zither CarolCzech folk tune arr. with words by Malcolm Sargent.
Huron CarolA tune of the Huron Indians, arr. William Llewellyn, with English words by J.E. Middleton.
A Fanfare for ChristmasVespers for Christmas Day, by Robin Wells. Words: Antiphon for Christmas vespers (Medieval or earlier).
Noel TimeAustralian Carol by William James. Words: John Wheeler.
Hallelujah chorusfrom Messiah by G.F. Handel.

The Readings

Readers: Jack Adams, Rev'd Linda Anchell, Kerry-Anne Cousins, Patricia Forbes, Sarah Gowty, Brian McKinlay, Denise Manley, Alex Maroya, Rev'd Myung-Hwa Park

God says in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent's headGenesis 3.8-15
God promises that Abraham's descendants will be a blessing to allGenesis 22:15-18
Isaiah speaks of the Messiah's birth and kingdomIsaiah 9.2-7
Isaiah tells of God's coming kingdomIsaiah 11.1-9
The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin MaryLuke 1.26-38
St Matthew tells of the birth of JesusMatthew 1.18-23
The shepherds go to the mangerLuke 2.8-16
The wise men are led by the star to JesusMatthew 2.1-11
St John unfolds the great mystery of the IncarnationJohn 1:1-14

Sunday 20 December 2009

Minister: Rev'd Dr Ray Williamson
Music directed by Colin Forbes
Selected by Pat Forbes

The Carols

Long Ago, Prophets KnewFrederick Pratt Green: melody from Piae Contiones 1582. harm. Gustav Holst, arr. John Wilson
Unto us a boy is bornWords: Latin anon. 15th cent. tr. Percy Dearmer: melody Piae Contiones 1582. arr Geoffrey Shaw
O Little Town of BethlehemWords: Phillips Brooks; Music: English traditional. arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Angel GabrielBasque carol, tr. Sabine Baring-Gould; music: Basque traditional, arr. Edgar Pettman
O Come all ye faithfulWords: 18th century Latin, tr. Frederick Oakeley; melody: John Francis Wade
Hark the Herald AngelsCharles Wesley 1707-88 and others
As with gladness men of oldMelody: Conrad Kocher, arr. William Henry Monk; words William Chatterton Dix
Joy to the WorldIsaac Watts 1674-1748 alt. based on Psalm 98
Silent NightWords: Joseph Mohr, tr John Freeman Young; melody: Franz Xavier Gruber

The Choir

Adam lay ybounden15th century English, music by Boris Ord, 1897-1961)
A Christmas Antiphon (ii) See to us a child is bornTimothy Dudley-Smith, tune 'Lauds' by John Wilson, arr. William Llewellyn.
O come, O come Emmanuel18th Century, trans. TA, 15th Century melody adapted and arranged David Willcocks)
Gabriel to Mary cameEnglish transl. from Latin, W.A.C.-Cambridge, melody 14th Century arr. David Willcocks
Mary Walked Through a Wood of ThornOld German words trans. E. Herborn, music Philip Radcliffe
Song of the Nuns of ChesterWords and English plainchant tune, Chester MS c.1425, harmony Elizabeth Poston
The OxenThomas Hardy, music Benjamin Britten)
The Ashwell carolRussian trad. tune, arr. Elizabeth Poston
Carol of the EpiphanyIona Community)
Sing GloriaJohn Wheeler, music William G. James, Australia, 1954

The Readings

God says in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent’s head; Genesis 3.8-15
Isaiah speaks of the Messiah’s birth and kingdom; Isaiah 9.2-7
Isaiah tells of God’s coming Kingdom; Isaiah 11.1-9
The prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem; Micah 5.2-5
The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary; Luke 1.26-38
St Matthew tells of the birth of Jesus; Matthew 1.18-23
The shepherds go to the manger; Luke 2.8-16
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus; Matthew 2.1-11
St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation; John 1:1-14

Sunday 21 December 2008

Minister: Rev'd Jeannette McHugh
Conductors and organists: Dr. Gemma Dashwood, Alexander O'Sullivan
Singers from: All Saints' Ainslie, St. Philip's O'Connor
Organiser: Peter Laurence

The Carols

Once in Royal David's city Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander; melody H.J. Gauntlett
Long Ago, Prophets KnewFrederick Pratt Green: melody from Piae Contiones 1582. harm. Gustav Holst, arr. John Wilson
O Little Town of BethlehemPhillips Brooks; Music: English traditional, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Angel GabrielBasque carol, tr. Sabine Baring-Gould; music: Basque trad, arr. Edgar Pettman
Unto us a boy is bornLatin anon. 15th cent. tr. Percy Dearmer: melody from Piae Contiones 1582. arr Geoffrey Shaw
As with gladness men of oldMelody: Conrad Kocher, arr. William Henry Monk; words William Chatterton Dix
O Come all ye faithful18th century Latin, tr. Frederick Oakeley; melody: John Francis Wade
Silent NightJoseph Mohr, tr John Freeman Young; melody: Franz Xaver Gruber

The Choir

Intriot solo: Gemma Dashwood — A Christmas CarolArnold Bax, 1909
Coventry Carol16th Century English
Audivi VocemThomas Tallis, 16th century) Based on Jeremiah 40:10 and Matthew 25:6
Cristo Paremus Cantica: when Christ was born of MaryKeren Terpstra, Australia, 1999
A Maiden Most GentleFrench traditional
In the Bleak Mid WinterPoem by Christina Rosetti c1872, to music by Harold Darke
A Babe is BornWilliam Matthias, Op. 55, 1971

The Readings

God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent's head; Genesis 3.8-15
God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed; Genesis 22.15-18
Isaiah foretells the Messiah's birth and kingdom; Isaiah 9.2-7
The prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem; Micah 5.2-4
The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary; Luke 1.26-38
St Matthew tells of the birth of Jesus; Matthew 1.18-23
The shepherds go to the manger; Luke 2.8-16
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus; Matthew 2.1-11
St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation; John 1:1-14