Carol Festival to feature fiery new talent

Former Organist at St George’s Anglican Church, Richard Morgan, will again make the trip out from Sydney to accompany the singers at the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at his former church on Sunday, December 16 commencing at 7:30 pm.

Richard will also be conducting an organ recital of Christmas tunes from 7 pm.

This year he will be accompanied by Miss Rebecca Wilson, Solo Cornet for the NSW Fire and Rescue Band.

The evening will feature a mix of carols, old and new, with local a Capella group, Tapestry, providing items from a mix of the 10th through to the 20th centuries.

Also featuring will be two songs, or ‘mash-ups’, created for want of a better word, by American composer Paul Balochѐ. There two songs have been formed from traditional carols merged with two of his popular songs – which ones? You will need to attend to find out.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service specifically designed to lead the audience through the plan that God has for the world.

Starting with Creation, the carols track through the various promises God made to his people, and prophecies, until its culmination in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s son, who was crucified to bring us back into a relationship with God, after we had fallen out of it and the Garden of Eden.

The format of the service is based on the service performed each year at King’s College Cambridge, who this year will be celebrating the centenary of the event. It in turn was based on a service devised by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Arthur Benson, when he was rector in Truro in 1880.

Though based on historical beginnings, the Festival in Parkes has modern elements interspersed, but is still a traditional reminder of the reason for the season – Jesus Christ.

A retiring offering will be collected for the annual Christmas Bowl appeal, followed by a light supper will be served in the Hall.

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