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Nigel Perrin

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Christmas Concerts

It was a busy December, starting with a performance of Mozart's Requiem at midnight in the Karlskirche in Vienna - a very enjoyable and successful (and momentous, as it turned out) RunbySingers event. Wells Cathedral School Chamber Choir really enjoyed performing at the National Gallery in London – the organisers, Maisie and Lee, did a great job of making us feel important and welcome and it was quite awesome singing under the big dome of the main gallery to 250 people.

In total contrast, the next day EFC got into the swing with Andy Williamson’s amazing Big Buzzard Boogie Band and Duke Ellington’s exciting Sacred Concert – we were all knocked out by the amazing trumpet playing of Jonny Bruce and we love Jacqui Dankworth, too. Then moved across to Exeter University’s Great Hall with EFC for a packed performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – the venue lacks the ambience of the cathedral but everything can be seen and heard well; comments from the audience and orchestra were extremely complimentary.

Then came the Christmas concerts: CBBC’s three nights of Carols by Candlelight got off to a great start, with the audience joining in the jolly Caribbean numbers most lustily and the choir singing James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn stunningly and the Peter Skellern Lullaby cheesily! All the shows were sold out. The final fling was Bath Camerata’s Christmas Concert at St Matthew’s Church, Widcombe Hill, Bath – lots of exciting contemporary stuff by Judith Weir, Ola Gjeilo, Jonathan Dove and Rautavaara, plus fun arrangements of traditional favourites, interspersed with the famous Camerata home-made mince pies and mulled wine. A December packed full of music and song.