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A feast of Christmas carols by candlelight from the Choir of Winchester Cathedral with performances featuring mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu.

With readings from Amanda Burton and Joe McGann, who tell the story of the Nativity in the words of the King James Bible. Carols and music include O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Silent Night and For Unto Us A Child Is Born (Handel's Messiah), all sung in the glorious setting of historic Winchester Cathedral. A heartwarming, traditional celebration for Christmas Day.

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Christmas Day 2010 18:00 BBC Two

  • Winchester Cathedral Choir in full voice, with the High Altar and its magnificent reredos behind.

    Winchester Cathedral Choir in full voice, with the High Altar and its magnificent reredos behind.

  • Amanda Burton in Bishop Langton's Chapel at the East end of the Cathedral

    Amanda Burton in Bishop Langton's Chapel at the East end of the Cathedral

  • Joe McGann in the stunning setting of Winchester Cathedral crypt

    Joe McGann in the stunning setting of Winchester Cathedral crypt

  • Katherine Jenkins sings "In the Bleak Midwinter"

    Katherine Jenkins sings "In the Bleak Midwinter"

  • Jonathan Lemalu sings "O Holy Night"

    Jonathan Lemalu sings "O Holy Night"

  • "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light"

    "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light"

    A chorister lights the Christmas Candle

  • CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY from WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

    Tx: 25th December 2010 BBC Two @ 1800 hrs. & simulcast on BBC HD

    A feast of Christmas carols by candle-light from the Choir of Winchester Cathedral. Also performances featuring mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu, with readings from Amanda Burton and Joe McGann, who tell the story of the Nativity in the words of the King James Bible. Carols and music include O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Silent Night and For Unto Us A Child Is Born [Handel's Messiah], all sung in the glorious setting of historic Winchester Cathedral. A heartwarming, traditional celebration for Christmas Day.
    Director of Music: Andrew Lumsden
    Producer/Director: Pamela Hossick
    Executive Producer: Tommy Nagra

    Location:
    Winchester Cathedral
    The Cathedral Office
    9, The Close, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LS.
    Telephone: 01962 857200, Fax: 01962 857201
    Website: www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

    PROGRAMME CONTENT

    O Little Town Of Bethlehem
    Tune: Forest Green
    English trad. Melody arranged by R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and descant (v4.) Thomas Armstrong (b.1898)
    Words: Phillips Brooks (1835-93)
    Source: Carols for Choirs 1
    Pubs: Oxford University Press
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Choir, organist Simon Bell

    Reading: “Today Jesus Christ is Born”
    Source: Common Worship, page 81
    Published by: Church House Publishing, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3NZ
    Copyright: The Archbishop’s Council 2006
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    Isaiah 9:2
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press
    Read by Amanda Burton and Joe McGann

    O Come All Ye Faithful
    Tune: Adeste Fideles
    Music: Composer unknown probably 18th c.
    Arranged by David Willcocks
    Words: tr. F. Oakeley, W.T Brooke and others
    Source: Carols for Choirs 1
    Pubs: Oxford University Press
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Choir, organist Richard McVeigh

    Reading: Luke 2: V 1-7
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
    English traditional carol, arranged by John Rutter
    Copyright Oxford University Press 1974
    Source: Carols for Choirs 4
    Pubs: Oxford University Press
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Boy Choristers, organist Simon Bell

    Christmas Song - O Holy Night
    Composer: Adolphe Adam
    Organ arrangement by T. Tertius Noble
    Copyright: G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP) New York
    Performed by Jonathan Lemalu
    Organist: Andrew Lumsden

    Reading: Luke 2: verses 8-14
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)
    English Trad.
    Melody and words reprinted by Permission of Ursula Vaughan Williams
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks, organist Simon Bell

    Reading: Luke 2 verses 15-16
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    Silent Night
    Music by Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
    Words by Josef Mohr (1792-1848), tr. anon
    Arranged by Andrew Lumsden
    Copyright Encore Publications 1999
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Boy Choristers & Lay Clerks

    Reading: Christmas Bells
    By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Carol Of The Bells
    Music by M. Leontovich
    Words by Peter J. Wilhousky
    Arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky
    Copyright 1936, 1940 by Carl Fischer, Inc.
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Girl Choristers

    In The Bleak Mid-winter
    Music: Harold Darke (1888-1976)
    Words: Christina Rossetti (1830-94)
    Performed by Katherine Jenkins
    Available on CD “Believe” Platinum Edition

    Reading: Isaiah 9: 6
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    For Unto Us A Child Is Born
    From: Handel Messiah
    Pubs: Novello
    Arr. Watkins Shaw
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Boy Choristers and Lay Clerks, Harpsichord - Simon Bell and 10 musicians fixed by Colin Sheen

    Reading: Matthew 2: Verses 1 - 5
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    Nativity Carol
    Words and music by John Rutter
    Pubs Oxford University Press 1967
    Source: Carols for Choirs 2
    Arrangement John Rutter
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Girl Choristers and lay clerks, organist Simon Bell and 10 musicians fixed by Colin Sheen

    Reading: Matthew 2 [verses 7-11]
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    The Three Kings
    Music: Peter Cornelius
    Arranged by Ivor Atkinson
    Translated by H.N. Bate
    Published Oxford University Press (The Oxford Choral Songs from The Old Masters)
    Performed by Jonathan Lemalu and Winchester Cathedral lay clerks & Boy Choristers

    Reading: Christmas Poem
    Anon.

    O Magnum Mysterium
    Morten Lauridsen
    Published Southern Music Publishing Co.
    From Noel! Carols and Anthems for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany for mixed voice choirs
    Selected and edited by David Hill (The Novello Choral Programme)
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Boy Choristers and lay clerks

    Reading: 1 John 4: 7-12
    Taken from King James Bible
    Copyright Cambridge University Press

    Still Still Still
    Arr. Mack Wilberg
    Pub: OUP
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Boy Choristers and lay clerks and 10 musicians fixed by Colin Sheen

    The Blessing given by The Very Rev. James Atwell, Dean of Winchester

    Joy To The World
    Tune: Antioch
    Music: Melody from W. Holford’s Voce di melodia, c. 1834
    Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) altd. Based on Psalm 98
    Arrangement: Paul Leddington Wright
    Performed by Winchester Cathedral Choir and 10 musicians fixed by Colin Sheen

Credits

Participant
Katherine Jenkins
Participant
Jonathan Lemalu
Participant
Amanda Burton
Participant
Joe McGann
Director of Music
Andrew Lumsden
Director
Pamela Hossick
Producer
Pamela Hossick
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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