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The Programme
O Come All Ye Faithful Audience Carol
O Holy Night! Adam/Norbury
Ring Chrsitmas Bells Leontovich
O Little Town of Bethlehem Audience Carol
Night of Silence/Silent Night Anon
Sans Day Carol Rutter
The Infant King Willcocks
Away in a Manger Audience Carol
Mid-Winter Chilcott
Mary's Boy Child Hairston
Once in Royal David's City Audience Carol
Bring Him Home Soloist: George Manley of Prior Pursgloe College Schonberg
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Audience Carol
The Shepherd's Farewell Berlioz
Coventry Carol Shaw
Unto Us a Child is Born Audience Carol
The Snow Elgar
Good King Wenceslas Audience Carol
Gaudette Pursglove Vocal Ensemble 16th Century Carol
Baby It's Cold Outside Loesser
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Martin
I Wish You Chrsitmas Warrell
Hark the Herald Angels Sing Audience Carol
We Wish You a Merry Christmas Warrell

Review: A welcome return for a Christmas Concert

by Brian Gleeson

Guisborough Choral Society made a welcome return last weekend with their Christmas Concert at the Guisborough Methodist Church. This was their first performance since the Covid-19 pandemic had halted live entertainment. The Choir was joined in the evening by the Prior Pursglove (College) Vocal Ensemble.

The Choir and Ensemble performed eight popular Carols where the audience was encouraged to join in and savour the atmosphere and the Concert opened with ‘O Come all ye Faithful’. Many of the other songs performed were also familiar Christmas songs and carols, and the Choir was in superb voice as usual. A solo performance of Schonberg’s, ‘Bring him home’, from Les Miserables was brilliantly given by Prior Pursglove Ensemble member, George Manley, which brought sustained applause from the audience and the choir members. He is studying music and psychology at the Pursglove College.

The Prior Pursglove Ensemble also sang ‘Gaudete’ which was particularly appropriate as the following day was the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar of Western Christianity and is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete, of Swedish origin, was made famous by the group, Steeleye Span, in 1972. The Ensemble comprised students Luke Booth, Lauren Hinton, Alisha Robinson, Anna Robson and, of course, George Manley. The concert ended with the Choir offering the roundel, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’.

Previous Christmas Concerts by the Choral Society were accompanied by the Guisborough Salvation Army Band, but that was not possible this year so accompaniment was provided on the piano by Ms Helen Kirk, who is subject leader for Music at the Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College. She conducts the College Ensemble and is musical director for their annual productions.

This year, the Guest Conductor was John Dixon, who had been a private music teacher at Teesside University, retiring as a Senior Lecturer in Music in 2014. This evening’s Concert was dedicated to the memory of the late Julie Stevens, a choir stalwart.

COVID PRECAUTIONS

Covid safety measures were in place in order to provide the audience with a pleasurable and safe experience.

Appropriate social distancing and the wearing of a face covering while inside the church was enforced where possible.

It had orginally been hoped to have the Salvation Army Band as part of the concert, but to help prevent the spread of covid this elemnt was cancelled

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