An ideal pudding of carols and Christmas songs

Voices of the kids’s choir wafting down. Picture: Peter Hislop.

Music / “Christmas Classics”. At Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, December 16, repeated December 18. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

THE third annual version of the mini music competition, “A Luminous Christmas”, introduced by Wesley, Luminescence and Canberra Worldwide Music Pageant started final night time (December 16) at Wesley Church with the musical equal of a perfectly-cooked Christmas pudding.

Concocted by grasp cooks AJ America, directing the Luminescence Youngsters’s Choir, and Roland Peelman, directing each grownup and baby Luminescence choristers, it contained all of the important components – fruits each unique and homely, the binding flour of voices fine-tuned by lengthy hours of observe – and a touch of spice within the discussion board of James’ Porteous’ organ-playing.

The unique fruits got here within the type of Steven Stucky’s association of the Polish lullaby, “Lulajze Jezuniu” (Sleep Child Jesus) and the Ukrainian New Yr’s track, “Shchedryk” set by Leontovych, with the extra acquainted fruits in Elizabeth Poston’s setting of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” and Peelman’s setting of “The Cherry Tree Carol”.

There was additionally, fairly actually, a track about bread, “Panis Angelicus” (bread of angels) in Cesar Frank’s setting of a track by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

This was a musical pudding each candy and assorted, starting with America conducting the kids ever so gently  in a collection of quiet carols interspersed with a strong rendition of a scary sailor’s track common with French kids.

Peelman with Luminescence Chamber Singers, Youngsters’s Choir on sides. Picture: Peter Hislop.

The refrain hit its straps with Britten’s beautiful Corpus Christi Carol earlier than, now performed by Peelman beating a hand-drum, the grownup Luminescence Chamber Singers joined within the rousing “Orientis Partibus,” historically related to the European Feast of Fools.

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The second half of the night started with an augmented choir singing “Veni Veni Emmanuel” in an association by Kodaly made richer with overlapping phrasing. This  introduced new life to the favorite creation hymn so common that some within the viewers have been singing alongside within the background.

However this live performance, although replete with rarefied delights, had parts of the favored, corresponding to in Jonathan Rathbone’s carol medley that included the extra secular “Deck The Halls”, “I Noticed Three Ships” and “We Want You A Merry Christmas”.

The night concluded with just a little viewers participation in a mighty explosion of “Oh, Come All Ye Trustworthy” and “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing”, adopted by a quiet, transferring rendition of “Silent Night time”, the place the fantastic voices of the kids’s choir wafted down from the rafters to please our ears.

A postscript. Three cheers for the in depth printed program, filled with fascinating details about all of the hymns and carols.

The competition continues at 5pm immediately, December 17 with “An Italian Christmas” and tomorrow (December 18) at 3pm with Christmas in Ukraine and at 6pm with a repeat of “Christmas Classics”.