Trinity Methodist Drama and Music Fellowship
There's always a festive discovery or two at Trinity.
So this year, as well as singing the familiar Once in Royal, and Sullivan's glorious Midnight Clear, we were coaxed into joining the choir in the catchiest carol in the concert: Cantemos a Maria, from the Dominican Republic, complete with maracas and a chorus in Spanish !
The readings, by favourites Ken Rolf and Linda Percival, included the much-loved “Yes, Virginia”, Frank Muir and the Kissing Bough, and a lovely Holloway-style monologue about a foolish fairy and an irascible Yorkshire Santa.
From the choir, we heard two rousing openers – Gaudete and Torches – a Christmas Calypso, Cornelius's Three Kings, with Adam Sullivan as soloist, and an extract from Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. The Magi also appeared in Herbert Howell's magical setting of Chesterton's Here Is The Little Door.
And before the Herald Angels, Trinity's contribution to Sing Hallelujah weekend, the Messiah in three minutes, by Peter Gritton out of G F Handel. Another discovery for me, superbly sung, and acted, by the choir.
Trinity were directed by Felicity Wright, with Richard Read at the piano and Keith Byatt at the organ.