Come and Sing Nine Lessons and Carols, Oxford 17th December 2022

By popular demand, we return to Balliol College, Oxford, for this year’s Come and Sing Nine Lessons and Carols day.

Many choirs have found themselves smaller, after the various lockdowns, and a general reluctance to get back into regular choir routines.

Sadly, many churches find themselves unable to put on a traditional nine lessons and carols service, and others, who are able to do so, find that they no longer have the resoures to be able to sing challenging music.

Last year we launched our Come and Sing event and had a tremendous response, so we’re doing it again this year.

We will begin work at 11am and will work through until a lunch break at 1pm. Lunch will be in wonderful dining hall of the college and will include a Christmas style lunch, including a glass of wine. Then it’s back to work in the afternoon until about 5.30pm with a full service of lessons and carols at 6pm. Last year this was an extremely moving and uplifting event.

In amongst the traditional carols, descants and all, we will include five special pieces to give us a bit of a challenge. These will be Rutter – What Sweeter Music, Chilcott – The Marvellous Birth , Forbes- L’Estrange – A Child Is Born, Assersohn – Make We Joy Now In This Fest, and Raczynski – Lulajze Jezuniu.

Included in the price of this day is the training, lunch, and your music, which you may keep.

Last year, we sold out all 120 places in about a month, so please, think ahead and get your place booked to avoid disappointment.

We have deliberately booked it as close as possible to Christmas, so that we get that “Christmassy” feel, but we have made it a Saturday event, so that people don’t find themselves conflicted with their own church services.

There will be no dress code but Christmas jumpers help to make the day feel festive. Wear whatever you are warm and comfortable in.

Balliol College Chapel is a perfect setting for this event, especially with everybody facing towards each other, so we are really singing together. The dining hall, with its oak panelling and portraits of the great and the good of the college is a magnificent place for lunch, and, just outside the entrance to the college, you will find the beautiful, traditional Christmas market. There is nothing that will get you into the Christmas spirit like this day.

The fee for the day is £90.00 (£50.00 Deposit) which includes the musical training, the sheet music and your lunch. The deposit is non-refundable. The full fee is payable one month before the event and, from this point the full fee shall be payable in the event of cancellation.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

You could get a 10% discount on this event

by joining the They Shall Laugh and Sing VIP Group



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