Christmas concerts and services
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Christmas concerts and services


Music for Christmas


English church music is renowned throughout the world. What can be more uplifting or inspiring than the clear sounds of choral singing echoing to the skies?  Music written over the centuries and the choirs which perform it have gained worldwide fame: and in Cumbria, Solway Singers continues that tradition.

The choir celebrates its 20th birthday this term, having been started two decades ago as an adult education class by a group of friends who wanted to sing together. Under the musical direction of former professional singer Anthony Peacock it has grown to be about 30 strong, and to be regarded as one of the best choirs in north Cumbria with a lovely tone and sensitive interpretation of the music it performs.

For Christmas this year their programme comprises modern settings of traditional carols and Christmas songs. From stirring, rejoicingly traditional carols such as Ding Dong Merrily on High to more hauntingly reflective modern pieces, the composers featured are predominantly British – two of our most pre-eminent and popular contemporary composers, Bob Chilcott and John Rutter, are joined here by Will Todd, Howard Darke and Patrick Hadley. But in addition the programme features the lovely A Simple Gloria written by female American composer Libby Larsen, as well as music by Ola Gjeilo and Mack Wilberg.

The choir will be joined for both concerts by young cornet player Olivia Beckett, from Annan, who thrilled audiences at the choir’s spring concerts with her superb playing. To complete the programme there will be a selection of Christmas readings.

There are three opportunities to hear Solway Singers this Christmas:

Saturday December 8th at St. Michael’s, Stanwix, Carlisle (7.30pm)

Sunday December 9th at St. Andrew’s, Annan (3 p.m.)

Sunday December 16th (6.30pm)

Solway Singers takes part in A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Priory Church, Lanercost, Brampton

Tickets (£10, students £2, under 10s free) are available from choir members, on the door, or contact Choir Chair Janet Madden on 07789 263 605/


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