Goring Chamber Choir
Ikon of the Virgin Mary with Jesus

A Wondrous Birth

Carols both eastern and western celebrating the Nativity in the Orthodox calendar

Music Director, Frances Brewitt-Taylor
Accompanist, Steve Bowey

Saturday, 4th January, 2020 at 3 p.m.
St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Goring

Tickets £10 or £5 for students

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Orthodox Christians in Russia celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 rather than December 25; they use the Julian calendar, introduced under the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar in 45BC, (which predates the Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582). In this programme we are aiming to introduce you to some Christmas music in this Orthodox tradition, so we are three days before the nativity not ten days after it … no magi/kings or Epiphany yet!

Programme (provisional)

All of creation rejoicesKurt Sander
A virgin most pureEnglish trad. arr. Wood
Sweet was the songDerek Holman
Rod out of Jesse's rootGeorgiy Izvekov
Sans Day Carol
Christmas nightArbeau arr. Rutter
Christmas TroparionGeorgiy Sviridov
The little road to BethlehemMichael Head
Sussex caroltrad. arr. D Willcocks
Silent night
Shepherd, shake off your drowsy sleep
(flute: Christine Richardson)
trad. French arr. FB-T
The shepherds heard the angelsRichard Shephard
Noe, noeFrench arr. M Wilberg
God rest you merry, gentlemen
An Offering CarolMaia Aprahamian
Thou shalt know himMark Sirett
Fum, fum, fumtrad. Catalan arr. P Gritton
The boar's head caroltrad. arr. M Shaw