Choral Holiday 2012

A Night of Snow and Roses

Saturday, December 15, 2012Old South Church, Boston

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For the third annual Choral Holiday, BCE updated the traditional Lessons and Carols service with repertoire both old and new, including Thompson’s Stopping by woods on a snowy evening, Judith Weir’s My Guardian Angel, and Jan Sandström’s creative re-imagining of Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming. Audiences also enjoyed carols for congregation accompanied by the church’s world-famous organ and selected readings that complemented the program’s theme of snow and roses



Congregational Carol                                  O Come all ye faithful

1. Randall Thompson: Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Reading 1: Amazing peace: a Christmas poem by Maya Angelou

2. Francis Poulenc: Un soir de neige (Paul Eluard)

  1. De grandes cuillers de neige
  2. La bonne neige

3. Claude Debussy: Yver vous n’estes qu’un villain (from 3 Chansons)

Reading 2: Beautiful Snow by John Whitaker Watson

4. Harold Darke: In the bleak midwinter

5. David Willcocks (arr.) – See amid the winter’s snow

Congregational Carol                                Silent night, holy night

6. Benjamin Britten – There is no rose (from Ceremony of Carols)

7. Michael Praetorius / Jan Sandström: Lo, how a rose is blooming

Reading 3: My Guardian Angel by Robert William Service

8. Herbert Howells: A spotless rose

9. Judith Weir: My guardian angel

Reading 4: There is a flower by John Audelay

10. Anonymous (c. 1420): There is now rose of such virtue

11. John Joubert: There is no rose

Reading 5: Christmas by John Betjamin

12. Giles Swayne – The two Nowells

Congregational Carol                                 Hark the Herald Angels Sing

13. Benjamin Britten – A Shepherd’s Carol

14. Benjamin Britten – A New Year’s carol

15. Arthur Warrell – We wish you a merry Christmas