Christmas Concert offers treats

A number of treats were in store when St Albans Choral Society gave a festive concert of Christmas music, carols and entertaining readings at Marlborough Road Methodist Church on Sunday 15 December at 7pm.

Rising young baritone Henry Manning, who is in demand as an opera singer and concert recitalist across the UK and Europe, sang solos in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bob Chilcott’s O Little Town and Harold Darke’s In the Bleak Mid-Winter.

Adding to the enjoyment at this ever-popular family concert was the choir of Fleetville Junior School, who performed a variety of lively Christmas songs.

The Choral Society, conducted by George Vass and accompanied on the organ by Richard Harvey, also sang Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, Poulenc’s motet Hodie Christus natus est, and Sleep, Holy Babe by composer Alexander Campkin, who was in the audience.

There was an opportunity for concert-goers to join in with some of the most popular carols, such as Good King Wenceslas.

“This was a wonderful heart-warming evening to get people in the mood for Christmas,” said Mr Vass.