May peace abide in every nation

The choir are busy rehearsing again for Christmas – school assemblies, old people’s homes, carol singing in Sainsbury’s on the Headrow (dinnertime on December 6th, in aid again of St George’s Crypt, back by special request of the manager after last year!) and our main outside event, a Christmas celebration at St Aidan’s with other local school choirs.

As the nation remembers the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, many of our songs are related to our desire for peace in these turbulent times.  Our songs include ‘Silent night’, with the choir singing a verse in German to recall the famous 1914 Christmas truce; ‘Do you hear what I hear?’, written in response to the Cuban missile crisis  of 1962;  and a new setting of the ancient church prayer ‘Dona nobis pacem’ – ‘give us peace’.

The celebration is built around Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Bethlehem’, and includes carols to sing as well as to listen to, readings from the children, and a special appearance by the British Legion brass band.  We’re looking forward to our return visit to this lovely building, and it should be a great event – don’t miss it.

John Copperwheat

 

Christmas at St Aidan’s

After the success of our CHESS ‘Festival of Light’ musical celebration last year. We are proud to be involved in the celebration once again this year.  Along with children from 5 other local schools the children will be performing a mixture of songs to celebrate the festive season. This year’s celebration will be even bigger with more schools involved and The British Legion brass band will also be performing. It is a fantastic opportunity for our wonderful students to share their talent with the local community.

The concert will be held on the evening of Sunday 7th December at St. Aidan’s Church.  The performance will start at 5.15 p.m. you are very welcome to come along and join us at St Aidan’s on what promises to be a lovely celebration evening.

Lorna Creed