Programme - Hitchin Thespians

Programme - Hitchin Thespians

Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association

HITCHIN THESPIANS is a Registered Charity, Number 1005332

The Choir


Mandy Atkin, Jane Baxter, Gwenda Beech, Gill Cheaney, Joanna Chugg,

Margaret Coxall, Lesley Greasley, Wendy Hazelwood, Jane Homer,

Michelle Marple, Susan Osbourn, Ann Peacock, Melanie Plowman-


Jackie Sayer, Julia Skinner, Sheila Soothill, Jane Tunesi, Mary Young


Lucy Arnold, Gillian Clough, Brenda Cundell, Sarah Cunningham,

Lilian Dixon, Viv Hamilton, Judith Harrison, Antonia Homer-Bennett,

Sheila Mole, Jan Nash, Keryle Rutherford, Elizabeth Sturges, Andrea



Alan Dickinson, Peter Goff, Andy Johnson, Howard Roberts,

Iain Rutherford, David Young


John Beal, Eddie Cullum, Jack Lardent, Nick Morgan, Keith Mortland,

Mike Steele, Trevor Sturges, Andrew Wyllie


Jane Baxter, Joanna Chugg, Lilian Dixon, Jane Homer, Andy


Jack Lardent, Susan Osbourn, Ann Peacock, Melanie Plowman-


Sheila Soothill, Mike Steele, Mary Young


Gill Cheaney, Joanna Chugg, Margaret Coxall, Eddie Cullum,

Alan Dickinson, Lilian Dixon, Viv Hamilton, Wendy Hazelwood,

Jane Homer, Andy Johnson

Part One

It is intended that Part One of tonight's concert should run continuously

without comment or applause between items.

Choir: O Come, O Come Emmanuel 15th C French Melody

Reading: BC:AD U A Fanthorpe

Solo: Adam Lay Ybounden Peter Warlock

Reading: Advent 1955 (extract) Sir John Betjeman

Choir: Of the Father's Heart Begotten Arr: Sir David Willcocks

Reading: How the Light Comes Jan Richardson

Audience: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arr: Sir David Willcocks

It came upon the 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 heav'n'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 its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hov'ring wing;

And ever o'er its Babel sounds

The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife

The world has suffered long;

Beneath the angel strain have rolled

Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not

The love song which they bring:

O hush the noise, ye men of strife,

And hear the angels sing!

For lo the days are hastening on,

By prophet-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 world give back the song

Which now the angels sing.

Reading: In Memoriam (extract) Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Trio: Angelus ad Virginem Arr: Sir David Willcocks

Choir: Nativity Carol John Rutter

Reading: The Simplicity of Christmas (extract) Mary McDonnell

Choir: Still, Still, Still Arr: Philip Ledger

Reading: New Prince, New Pomp (extract A) Robert Southwell

Audience: Away in a Manger Arr: Sir David Willcocks

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,

And stay be my side until morning is nigh.

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: New Prince, New Pomp (extract B) Robert Southwell

Choir: Jesus Child John Rutter

Reading: Angels' Song Charles Causley

Choir: Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow Arr: John Rutter

Reading: The Wise Men Ask the Children the Way Heinrich Heine

Choir: Birthday Carol Sir David Willcocks

Reading: Kings Came Riding Charles Williams

Audience: As With Gladness Men of Old Arr: Sir David Willcocks

As with gladness men of old

Did the guiding star behold,

As with joy they hailed its light,

Leading onward, beaming bright,

So, most gracious God, may we

Evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped

To that lowly manger bed,

There to bend the knee before

Him whom heaven and earth adore,

So may we with willing feet

Ever seek thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare

At that manger rude and bare,

So may we with holy joy,

Pure and free from sin's alloy,

All our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to thee our heavenly king.

In the heav'nly country bright

Need they no created light;

Thou its light, its joy, its crown,

Thou its sun which goes not down.

There for ever may we sing

Alleluyas to our King.

Reading: Christmas Shauna Stoltz

Choir: A Maiden Most Gentle Arr: Andrew Carter

Reading: Carol Carla Lanyon Lanyon

Choir: Joy to the World Arr: John Rutter


during which mulled wine and mince pies will be served

Part Two

Choir: Wassail! John Owen Edwards

Reading: Christmas Greetings Dorothy Brown Thompson

Choir: I Saw Three Ships Arr: John Rutter

Choir: Jingle Bells Arr: Sir David Willcocks

Reading: The Best Day of All the Year Alison Uttley

Audience: O Little Town of Bethlehem 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 thy dark streets shineth

The ever lasting 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 giv'n!

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of his heav'n.

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.

Reading: Advent 1955 (extract) Sir John Betjeman

Choir: Midwinter Bob Chilcott

Duet: Angels' Carol John Rutter

Choir: Telling God's Story John H Edwards

Duet: Travellers' Tales Arr: John Barnard

Choir: Listen to the Sounds in Heaven Arr: John H Edwards

Readings: My Snowman Ian McMillan

Auntie's Present

Paul Curtis

P. S. to Santa Ivor Davis

Choir: The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy Arr: Robert Winter

Go, Tell it on the Mountain

Arr: John Rutter

Reading: Carol for the Last Christmas Eve Norman Nicholson

Audience: O Come, All Ye Faithful Arr: David Willcocks

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him born the King of angels:

O come let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle,

Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;

We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps:

O come let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Lo! Star-led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,

Offer him incense, gold and myrrh;

We to the Christ Child bring our hearts' oblations:

O come let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;

Glory to God in the highest:

O come let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Choir: We Wish You a Merry Christmas Arr: W. L. Reed


Programme devised and directed by John H Edwards

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Rehearsal Pianist:

Susan Osbourn

Andy Johnson

Nick & Nicky Morgan

Ann Crook

Tracey Gwynne

Susan Osbourn

Luke Jones & Alan Bailes

Vivienne Tadman

Jan Nash

Nigel Gray

Mince pies supplied by

The Hospitality & Catering Department of

North Hertfordshire College

If you have enjoyed this concert and are interested in joining the

Society, as either a member or a patron, please contact:

Lynne Leggat, Secretary

Hitchin Thespians

Woodside Hall

Walsworth Road


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