22 October 2020

Photos from the Carol Festival on Sun. 4th. Dec. 2016

There was a very successful Christmas Carol Festival in the Church of the Assumption on Sunday night last - Dec. 4th. The function, which doubled as a parish fund raiser and as an excellent tone setter for the season of advent and christmas, fully delivered on both counts.  Choirs taking part on the night were: The Meath Diocesan Choir; Scoil Bhride Choir; S.H.S. Choir and Durrow Church choir. Ms. Brenda Kiernan was the excellent M.C. for the evening and the wonderful performances of all the choirs warmed the hearts of a capacity audience in the packed church. We are delighted to bring you some photos from the night and beneath the slideshow you can find the full list of carols that were sung.

1. Diocesan Choir:

a. Behold a Virgin Bearing Him (Ronan McDonagh)

b. Angel's Tidings (Moravian Carol - arr. John Rutter)

c. Never do Bells Ring More Sweetly (German Traditional)

d. Gabriel's Message (Basque Carol)

2. Scoil Bhride Choir

a. Any dream will do

b. Away in a Manger

c. He is my Brother

3. Reading 1 (Jer 23:5-7)

4. Sacred Heart School Choir

a. White Christmas

b. Jingle Bell Swing

5. Diocesan Choir

a. Love Came Down at Christmas (John Rutter, words Christina Rosetti)

b. Wexford Carol (Irish Traditional)

c. Candlelight Carol (John Rutter)

d. Tu Scende Dalle Stelle (Italian Traditional, words St. Alphonsus Ligouri)

e. Rocking (Czech Traditional)

6. Reading 2 (Is 40:1-5, 8-11)

7. Durrow Church Choir

a. Emmanuel (verses based on Advent 'O' Antiphons, refrain by Steve Angrisano, keyboard accompaniment by Ken Canedo)

b. Dominican Magnificat (Text based on Lk 1:46-55 and the Dominican motto "Laudare, Benedicare, Praedicare", Adapted by Feargal King)

c. When a Child is Born (Melody: "Soleado", by Ciro Dammicco (alias Zacar); Words: Boney M)

8. Sacred Heart School Choir:  Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych, words: Peter J. Wilhousky)

9. Reading 3 (Mt 1:18-23)

10. Diocesan Choir

a. Once in Royal David's City (Henry Gauntlett, words Cecil Alexander)

b. Nativity Carol (Francis P. O'Brien)

c. See Amid the Winter's Snow (John Goss)

d. Christmas Lullaby (John Rutter)

11. Prayers of Intercession

12.Pat Heffernan: Christmas Day 1915

13. Diocesan Choir

a. A Maiden most Gentle

b. Angel's Carol (John Rutter)

c. Infant Holy (traditional Polish; arr. Dan Schutte)

14. All Choirs

a. O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam, words J. S. Dwight)

b. 0 come, all ye faithful

Concluding Prayer and Blessing (Fr. Joseph)

c. Silent Night (Franz Griiber)

d. Joy to the World (Lowell Mason)