CHRISTMAS READINGS AND MUSIC
lunchtime at Chelmsford Cathedral
As these successful [and free] lunchtime concerts go into their 18th season, a Christmas miscellany for Advent.
Alan Woods, impresario of these weekly Friday lunchtimes, read us two very different pieces about Christmas cards, Brian Thomas dipped into A Child's Christmas in Wales, we heard Roald Dahl's typically gruesome take on Cinderella, and Audrey Sheard had the last reading, Hard to Find, about the true meaning of Christmas.
The music was just as eclectic, with Brahms and Back on the Cathedral organ, played by Oliver Waterer. Tim Smith performed two seasonal piano solos, and David Hylands sang When A Child Is Born, Sterndale Bennett's amusing Carol Singers – The Waits. And he led us in Silent Night to end the sequence.
Lunchtime concerts resume on January 4th, when the Cathedral welcomes back pianist Tim Smith as soloist.