17th December 2016: Carols by Candlelight (Handbridge)

Saturday 17 December 2016 7.30 pm

St Mary’s, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7HL

Tickets: £12 adults; £5 students and under 18s. Includes seasonal refreshments.

Carols by Candlelight

Joined by Movers Shakers, the choir of the NeuroTherapy Centre, Chester.

Chester Bach Singers once again provides the perfect mix of old and new, the familiar and the less well known, in its accompaniment to the Christmas season. Carols for all to sing are mixed with several carols which proved a hit last year such as Will Todd’s My Lord has come, Thomas Hewitt-Jones’ What child is this? And Matthew Owens’ The Holly and the Ivy. Chester Bach Singers Conductor Martin Bussey has composed a new setting of Unto us is born a son for the 40th Season Chester Bach Season Christmas. There is a focus in the programme on the Christmas music of Peter Warlock – a man who was an expert on the boozier side of Christmas, being well acquainted with all the pubs from London southwards (although Warlock’s naked motorcycling is unlikely to feature in the programme). Warlock’s most famous carol is the beautiful Bethlehem Down and this is featured alongside the lively Benedicamus Domino and his setting of Adam lay ybounden.

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