Christmas at Woodside - Hitchin Thespians

Christmas at Woodside - Hitchin Thespians

Hitchin Thespians


Thoroughly Modern Millie

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

12 th – 17 th March 2007

The Creation

St Mary’s Church, Hitchin

21 st April 2007

Gordon Craig Theatre Box Office

08700 131030

Hitchin Thespians Box Office Managers

Nick and Nicky Morgan 43 Bessemer Close, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1AG

01462 641575 e-mail:

Woodside Hall Bookings

For details contact Anna Hallett

77 Telford Avenue, Stevenage, Herts SG2 0AG

07837 153180

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Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association

HITCHIN THESPIANS is a Registered Charity, Number 1005332


at Woodside

Conductor: Alan Childs

Accompanist: Audrey Jenkins

The Woodside Hall


Thursday14 th , Friday 15 th &

Saturday 16 th December 2006

Dear Patrons and Friends,

Welcome to our ‘Christmas at Woodside’ Concert,

we hope that you thoroughly enjoy the evening.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to

thank you for your generous support over the year

and to wish you all a very happy Christmas

followed by a peaceful and prosperous New Year.


Choir: Saviour’s Day – Eaton arr. Rathbone

Audience: O little town of Bethlehem

- words by Phillip Brooks

- melody arr R Vaughan Williams

O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by

Yet in the dark street shineth the everlasting light

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight

O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth

For Christ is born of Mary and gathered all above

While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven

No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin

Where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in

O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray

Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell

O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel

Hitchin Thespians Choir


Gill Atkinson, Gwenda Beech, Margaret Brendish, Maureen Briddon,

Su Cassidy, Gill Cheaney, Joanna Chugg, Margaret Coxall,

Ann Crook, Sheila Davies, Anna Hallett, Geraldine Hiorns,

Susan Osbourn, Sandra Page, Ann Peacock, Sheila Soothill,

Jane Tunesi, Pat Staff, Lindsey Waghorn, Roz Ward


Gillian Clough, Lilian Dixon, Hazel Frost, Pauline Gimson,

Dorothy Marsh, Sheila Mole, Keryle Rutherford, Viv Tadman,

Betty Warne, Kay Watts


Fred Ardron, Alan Dickinson, Andy Johnson, Howard Roberts,

Iain Rutherford, Peter Wall


John Barrall, John Beal, Ron Burton, Gilbert Cobb, Eddie Cullum,

Bob Harris, Trevor Hiorns, Derek Jenkins, Jack Lardent,

Nick Morgan, Mike O’Leary, Brian Summers, Chris Waghorn

Choral Manager:

Concert Manager :

Box Office:

Programme Editor:

Front of House:



Hall Decoration:

Wine donation for punch:

Mince pies supplied by:


Susan Osbourn

Andy Johnson

Nick and Nicky Morgan

David Ross

Sarah Bailes and Alison Day

Viv Tadman

Alan Bailes, Richard Cobb and Mike Roberts

Tom & Alex Evans, Trevor & Geraldine

Hiorns and Mike O'Leary

Brenda & Norman Cundell

The Hospitality & Catering Department of

North Hertfordshire College

Audience & Choir: The First Nowell/Mary’s Child

-arr Llewellyn

The first nowell the angel did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

On a cold winter’s night that was so deep

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star

Shining in the east, beyond them far

And to the earth it gave great light

And so it continued both day and night

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel

And by the light of that same star

Three wise men came from country far

To seek for a king was their intent

And to follow the star wherever it went

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel

Choir: – 2 verses of Mary’s Child

This star drew nigh to the north west

O’er Bethlehem it took it’s rest

And there it did both stop and stay

Right over the place where Jesus lay

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel

Then entered in those wise men three

Full rev’rently upon their knee

And offered there in his presence

Their gold and myrrh and frankincense

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel

Choir: – 2 verses of Mary’s Child

Then let us all with one accord

Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord

That hath made heav’n and earth of naught

And with his blood mankind hath brought

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel

Choir: Merry Christmas, Everybody

– Holder & Lea arr. Rathbone

Choir: The little road to Bethlehem – Michael Head

Choir: Donkey plod and Mary ride – Eric Thiman

Reading: from Luke Chapter 2 – Reader: Iain Rutherford

Choir: Torches – John Joubert

Choir: Do you hear what I hear?

– Regney & Shayne arr. Rathbone

Audience: Calypso Carol

– See him lying on a bed of straw

See him lying on a bed of straw, a draughty stable with an open door

Mary cradling the babe she bore – the Prince of Glory is his name

O now carry me to Bethlehem to see the Lord of love again

Just as poor as was the stable then, the Prince of Glory when he came

Star of silver, sweep across the skies, show where Jesus in the manger lies

Shepherds, swiftly from your stupor rise to see the Saviour of the world

O now carry……

Angels, sing again the song you sang, sing the glory of God’s gracious plan,

Sing that Bethl’em’s little baby can be salvation to the soul

O now carry……

Mine are riches, from your poverty, from your innocence, eternity,

Mine, forgiveness by your death for me, child of sorrow for my joy

O now carry……

Choir: How soft upon the ev’ning air – Thomas Dunhill

Choir: Stille Nacht – Franz Gruber

Solo: Star Candles – Michael Head

Soloist: Chris Waghorn

Reading: A Dalesman’s View of the Messiah

Reader: Alan Dickinson


In the bleak mid-winter – William Llewellyn

Audience: Hark the herald angels sing

– words by Charles Wesley melody by Felix


Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King

Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King

Christ by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord

Late in time behold him come, offspring of the Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel

Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace, hail the Son of Righteousness

Light of light to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings

Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die

Born to raise the son’s of earth, born to give them second birth

Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King


Reading: A Seasonal Anecdote

– from a book by Gervase Phinn

Reader: Geraldine Hiorns

Choir: Ding dong merrily on high – arr. Llewellyn

Solo: Merry Christmas – Martin Shaw

Soloist: Susan Osbourn

Choir: I believe in Father Christmas

– Lake & Prokofieff arr. Rathbone

Reading: A Seasonal Anecdote

– from a book by Gervase Phinn –

Reader: Joanna Chugg

Audience: What Child is this – Greensleeves

What child is this, who, laid to rest on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this the King, whom shepherds worship and angels sing

Haste, haste to bring him praise, the babe the son of Mary

Why lies he in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?

Come, have no fear, God’s Son is here, his love all loves exceeding

Nails, spear, shall pierce him through, the cross be borne for me, for you

Hail, hail, the Saviour comes, the babe, the son of Mary

So bring him incense, gold and myrrh, all tongues of peoples own him

The King of Kings salvation brings, let every heart enthrone him

Raise, raise your song on high while Mary sings a lullaby

Joy, joy for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary

Choir: Walking in the air – Howard Blake

Solo: Robin’s Carol – Michael Head

Soloist: Sandra Page

Choir: Joy shall be yours in the morning

– H Fraser-Simson

Reading: My 12 Days of Christmas

Reader: Margaret Coxall

Choir: The Twelve Days of Christmas

– arr. Humphris

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