The Singers


Selected Programmes

The Last Advent Carol Service

The Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr

Sunday 8 December 1996, 6.00 pm

Organ Music before the Service
Chorale prelude Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Chorale prelude Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Fantasy on O come, O come Emmanuel Kenneth Leighton

At the start of the service the chapel is lit only by candlelight. The choir and clergy process through the chapel while the organ plays the carol prelude: Le vermeil du soleil by Alexandre Boëly (1758 - 1858)

The Bidding Prayer
The Advent Prose

The first collect for Advent
Hymn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending

The second collect for Advent
Carol: This is the truth sent from above English traditional carol, arranged by Philip Moore

First Lesson: Ezekiel 36, vv 22 to 28
Carol: Adam lay ybounden Boris Ord
Second Lesson: Romans 13, vv 8 to 14

Carol: O leave your sheep French carol, arranged by Kenneth Leighton
Third Lesson: Romans 10, vv 5 to 15
Carol: As Joseph was a-walking Traditional English carol, music R. R. Terry
Fourth Lesson: John 1, vv 19 to 29
Carol: When came in flesh the Incarnate Word 18th century psalm tune, arranged by George Guest

The third collect for Advent
Hymn: On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry

Fifth Lesson: Isaiah 35, vv 3 to 10
Motet: O beatum et sacrosanctum Diem Peter Philips (1561 - 1628)
Sixth Lesson: Revelations 7, vv 1 to 3 and 9 to 17
Hymn: Love Divine, all loves excelling
Carol: The Lamb John Tavener
Seventh Lesson: John 3, vv 1 to 8
Hymn: O little town of Bethlehem
Carol: Gabriel's message does away arranged by Timothy Hone
Eighth Lesson: Micah 6, vv 6 to 8

The fourth collect for Advent
The Magnificat Fauxbourdon Setting by William Byrd (c.1542 - 1623)
Carol Motet: In dulci jubilo (a 8) Samuel Scheidt (1587 - 1654)
Hymn: O come, all ye faithful

Recessional Music Toccata (Symphony No. 5) Charles Marie Widor