Christmas carols coming out of my ears!

Had a very successful and enjoyable Christmas carol concert at Christ Church Cathedral last night with the cathedral choir. The concert sold-out several weeks back, and I’m reliably informed by someone “in the know” that we could have sold the concert three times over! Those who did get a ticket were treated to a very nicely balanced programme of carols, topped off by a rousing rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

I’m also back in Christ Church on Saturday night with the Mornington Singers for another carol concert called Noël. That’s also selling well, although there are a few tickets left. The Morningtons were also out singing carols last night in Phibsborough, by all accounts to a delighted crowd.

Then on Sunday the cathedral has it’s service of Five Lessons and Carols, a slightly shorter version of the fully carol service. The full diocesan Nine Lessons and Carols is on Monday, but that’s a ticket-only affair, and I suspect they’re all gone!

And so, as you can imagine, I’ve got Christmas carols coming out of my ears at the moment. But do you know what, I don’t care, because they’re great fun to sing – and really help me get into the festive holiday spirit.

Carol service

I’m a bit sick of Christmas carols. Tonight was the second of our two carol services at the cathedral.

On Sunday afternoon we had a couple of hundred people at our Five Lessons and Carols, and tonight we had a full house of about 500 folk for the diocesan Nine Lessons and Carols. This comes on top of the sell-out Christmas concert last Wednesday night.

It’s great to sing for such large congregations, particularly in comparison with some mid-week Evensongs where we only get a handful or people. But with so many people in the congregation, the music does get very loud.

In some of the congregational carols this evening, our organist was joined by two trumpets and a set of timps, which on top of all the singers, was a deafening sound.

Today (whatever day it is)

Today it was the five lessons and carols at the cathedral. And tomorrow it’s the nine lessons and carols.

I’m beginning to lose track of the different Christmas services and concerts. And I’ve certainly lost track of what day of the week it is. It doesn’t help (of course) that I’m off work at the moment, and thus have no point of reference for the week. Last Wednesday felt like a Saturday, Thursday felt like a Friday, and Saturday felt like a Sunday. So it’s no wonder that I’m confused.

Anyway, the Christmas music is in full flow at the moment. It feels like we’ve done an awful lot of singing in the last couple of weeks, but also have a lot more still to come. At the moment I still do have one evening free (Friday) between now and Christmas Day, and plan to guard it jealously – just so that I can have a whole day without having to sing any carols.

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