It hardly seemed possible that a
year had passed since our previous special Christmas concert at Minchinhampton.
This year we began with excerpts from two of the most
enduringly popular large-scale works of the 18th century,
namely Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah.
The second half of our concert began with four pieces
from Germany, followed by a sequence of traditional carols
from Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Ukraine and
We then went to France for the last two pieces, the final
one of which was surprising in its original 16th
The choral items were interspersed with seasonal organ
pieces, played by Mark Lee, previously Assistant Organist of
Gloucester Cathedral and Assistant Director of Music at the
King’s School, and now Master of the Choristers & Organist at Bristol