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AUDIENCE Once In Royal David’s City Arranged by Sir David Willcocks

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed

Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child

He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all

And his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall

With the poor and mean and lowly, lived on earth our Saviour holy

And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love

For that child so dear and gentle, is our Lord in heaven above

And he leads his children on to the place where he is gone

Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by

We shall see him but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high

Where like stars his children crowned all in white shall wait around

CHOIR Sans Day Carol Arranged by John Rutter

I Saw A Maiden Old Basque Noel Refrain by Edgar Pettman

READING The 2 nd Epistle To The Corinthians Robert Slater

Reader: Margaret Coxall

CHOIR Cradle Song Arranged by John Rutter

In The Bleak Midwinter Harold Darke

Soloist: Anna Carter

Soloist: Lilian Dixon

QUARTET No Small Wonder Paul Edwards

Soloists: Lucy Miller-White, Lilian Dixon, Andy Johnson, Mike Steele

READING Letters From The Department The Daily Telegraph

Readers: Alan Dickinson & Mike Steele

CHOIR Good King Wenceslas Arranged by Sir David Willcocks

AUDIENCE It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Arranged by Sir David Willcocks

It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old

From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold

‘Peace on the earth, goodwill to men, from heaven’s all gracious King’

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing

Still through the cloven skies they come, with peaceful wings unfurled

And still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world

Above it’s sad and lowly plains they bend on hov’ring wing

And ever o’er it’s Babel sounds the blessed angels sing

For lo the days are hastening on, by prophets bards foretold

When with the ever circling years comes round the age of gold

When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendours fling

And the whole earth give back the song which now the angels sing

LADIES Ding Dong Merrily On High Arranged by Andrew Carter

CHOIR Good Enough For Him Arranged by David Sanderson

O Little Town Of Bethlehem Arranged by Lewis H. Redner

READING The Yorkshire Nativity Gervase Phinn

Reader: Alan Dickinson

SOLO Robin’s Carol Michael Head

Soloist: Jane Homer

CHOIR Jesus Child John Rutter



AUDIENCE Joy To The World Arranged by John Rutter

Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare him room, and heav’n and nature sing

And heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and heav’n and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns, let men their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains, repeat the sounding joy

Repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love

And wonders of his love and wonders, wonders of his love

SOLO The Carol Singers T.C. Sterndale Bennett Soloist: Andy Johnson

CHOIR Hail Smiling Morn Traditional

AUDIENCE Away In A Manger Herbert Chappell

Soloist Lucy Miller-White

Audience sing verses 1 and 3 on 2 nd time through

Verse 1

Away in a manger no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus lays down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky look down where he lay

The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay

Verse 2 Solo

Verse 3

Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay

Close by me for ever and love me, I pray

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care

And fit us for heaven to live with thee there

READING The 2 nd Coming Alan Titchmarsh

Reader: Lilian Dixon

CHOIR I Saw Three Ships Arranged by John Rutter

While Shepherds Watched Tune “Cranbrook”

SOLO A Somerset Carol Arranged by William Llewellyn

Soloist: Susan Osbourn

READING Goodwill To All Men, Give Us Your Money Pam Ayres

Reader: Joanna Chugg

CHOIR Welsh Lullaby Traditional

What Cheer? William Walton

READING Christmas Thank Yous Mick Gowar

Reader: Jane Homer

SOLO 12 Days After Christmas Frederick Silver Soloist: Lynne Leggat

AUDIENCE Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Arranged by John Rutter

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

We wish all members and patrons a very Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year

Would you like to join us in our next choral concert?

Hitchin Thespians are looking for new members, especially altos, tenors

and basses. If you are interested please contact the Secretary via the

website or speak to a member of the choir before you leave.


Jean Austin, Jane Baxter, Gwenda Beech, Anna Carter,

Gill Cheaney, Joanna Chugg, Margaret Coxall, Ellie Fryer,

Belinda Gee, Lesley Greasley, Viv Hamilton, Wendy Hazelwood,

Geraldine Hiorns, Jane Homer, Lynne Leggat, Lucy Miller-White, Susan

Osbourn, Ann Peacock, Sheila Soothill, Ellen Ward, Rosamunde Ward,

Kate Webb, Jenny Wilson.


Gillian Clough, Lilian Dixon, Pauline Gimson, Judith Harrison,

Antonia Homer, Barbara Idney, Carolyn Kisby, Sheila Mole,

Jan Nash, Judy Page, Keryle Rutherford, Vivienne Tadman,

Melanie Troiano.


Fred Ardron, Jamie Brown, Alan Dickinson, Ian Hamilton,

Andy Johnson, Iain Rutherford, Jonathan Smith.


John Beal, Steve Brenner, Phil Calvert, Trevor Hiorns,

Keith Mortland, Mike Steele, Andy Wyllie.


Choral Manager:

Sheila Soothill

Concert Manager:

Andy Johnson

Box Office Managers:

Nick & Nicky Morgan

Front of House Manager:

Ann Crook

Poster & Programme Artwork:

Tracey Gwynne

Programme Editors:

Jane Tunesi & Susan Osbourn


Alan Bailes & Team

Rehearsal Pianist:

Audrey Jenkins


Vivienne Tadman

Mince Pies

supplied by the Hospitality & Catering Department

of North Hertfordshire College

Choir Corsages

worn in aid of the Garden House Hospice

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