I’ve already celebrated my 80th birthday, and I’ve picked 21 carols from the Oxford book 100 Carols for Choirs for our December concert. The first half of the concert will be carols arranged by David Willcocks (including three with audience participation), and the second half will be carols composed or arranged by John Rutter.
We have been invited to, once again, participate in the University concert, and we will also hold another Messiah sing-along, this year at Christ Lutheran Church.
So, here are dates to put on your calendar:
Monday, August 26 – First rehearsal at the University rehearsal room (6:30-8:30 p.m. (Note that we will rehearse Labor Day this year.) UH-H rehearsal room (click link to view location in Google Maps).
Thursday, December 5 – Final rehearsal before concert – First United Protestant Church – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 – Concert – First United Protestant Church – 3:00 p.m. – Call time 1:30 p.m.
Monday, December 9 – Rehearsal of extra University concert music – UH-Hilo rehearsal room – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 – Rehearsal for University concert – time TBA
Sunday, December 15 – Concert at University – time and call time TBA
Monday, December 16 – Rehearsal of Messiah choruses – UH-H rehearsal room – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 – Rehearsal of Messiah choruses – Christ Lutheran Church – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 22 – Messiah sing-along – Christ Lutheran Church – 2:00 or 3:00 pm (can’t remember)
I have attached a list of the carols we will be singing along with links where you can listen. The list is not in rehearsal or concert order. Several of the Willcocks arrangements will have two choruses, and the two choruses will not always be composed of the same singers. More explanation after rehearsals begin.
Dues will remain at $45 per semester, and the music fee is $25 (total $70). Checks should be made payable to “Hilo Community Chorus.” Full-time students’ dues are waived. No singer will be turned away for inability to pay; please ask about scholarships. New singers may join 8/26, 9/2, or 9/9; or by contacting me directly for approval after those dates. The University of Hilo and Messiah Sing-Along programs after our main concert are encouraged, but optional.
Tom McAlexander / email@example.com / (808) 985-7192
HILO COMMUNITY CHORUS
AN OLDE WORLD CHRISTMAS
CAROLS of DAVID WILLCOCKS and JOHN RUTTER
THE WILLCOCKS COLLECTION
PAGE TITLE TIME 46 Angelus Ad Virginem – 14 Cent. Irish, arr. David Willcocks 2:40
52 As with Gladness Men of Old – C. Kocher, arr. Willcocks 2:55
78 Ding Dong! Merrily on High – 16th Cent. French, arr. Willcocks 2:25
194 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – English Trad., arr. Arthur Sullivan/Willcocks 3:50
226 O Come, All Ye Faithful – J. F. Wade, arr. Willcocks 4:25
230 O Come, O Come Emmanuel – 15th Cent. French, arr. Willcocks 3:35
236 Of the Father’s heart Begotten – Piae Cantones, arr. Willcocks 5:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt75zI4kz6g
242 Sussex Carol – English traditional, arr. Willcocks 2:00
270 Quelle est Cette Odeur Agreable? – French Trad., arr. Willcocks 4:35
283 See Amid The Winter’s Snow – John Goss, arr. Willcocks 4:00
357 Unto Us Is Born a Son – Piae Cantones, arr. Willcocks 2:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CkRYkVXuvY
378 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks – Este’s Psalter, arr. Willcocks 2:25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgYzJDxxzN8
TOTAL TIME 38:50
THE RUTTER COLLECTION
62 Nativity Carol – John Rutter 4:30
68 Child In A Manger – Celtic Trad., arr. Rutter 2:30
86 Shepherd’s Pipe Carol – Rutter 3:00
110 Jesus Child – Rutter 3:25
156 I Saw Three Ships – English Trad., arr. Rutter 2:15
219 Sans Day Carol – Cornish Trad., arr. Rutter 3:15
289 Mary’s Lullaby – Rutter 3:35
293 Star Carol – Rutter 3:00
310 Christmas Night – Melody from Arbeau’s Orchésographie (1588), arr. Rutter 4:05 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsGzpHy1my8
Falling into Mercy – Kim André Arnesen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEUgz0KD67Q 4:40