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Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols At St Paul’s

1st of February 2014

Neither storm nor tempest deterred a capacity congregation from enjoying  St Paul’s annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on 23 December.   Once again the church resounded with the combined voices of the augmented St Paul’s choir, its magnificent organ and a full orchestra playing Keith Beniston’s latest arrangements of carols, traditional and new, including one of Keith’s own. Christmas music these days  needs a particular edge; Kings College, Cambridge, has its own unique  sound and now St Paul’s, Chipperfield, has surely established its own special musical genre. Complemented by the traditional readings and prayers, the service gave us generous helpings  of musical theatre, snatches of comedy and moments of high orchestral drama. While some may have reservations, what better place than the church to enjoy the sound of trumpets, cymbals and all the rest of the band?  This was indeed a feast for the ear;  and even  after the final choral numbers,  the orchestra concluded the evening with a movement of  Hely Hutchinson’s well-known  Carol Symphony. It was a service to remember.
John Uff

 
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