King's Lynn Festival Chorus, King's Lynn

In the year since their last Christmas concert, King' members have been auditioned individually with the result that the slightly slimmed-down body has become more refined.

In the year since their last Christmas concert, King' members have been auditioned individually with the result that the slightly slimmed-down body has become more refined.

Good as they were a year ago, the improvement was evident from the opening bars of Hodie Christus Natus Est, the first item in the glory of Christmas by candlelight on Saturday at St Margaret's Church.

A medieval antiphon, sections of the choir entered singing from the back of the church to join the main body.

As well as carols and well-loved pieces, the programme had a wider range. The audience joined in with many favourites and musical director Michael Kibblewhite taught them Christ Was Born On Christmas Day.


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West Norfolk Youth Choir contributed items including an African folk song Jesus Is Coming and On The Beach At Waikiki.

The poignant spiritual, Jesus Is A Rock in a Weary Lan' with three members singing solo interjections from round the church, and The Shepherds Farewell from The Childhood Of Christ by Berlioz were especially moving with superb tone.

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A fun piece was Raymond Gold's pot pourri of Christmas tunes.

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