Audience join in at Monifieth Singers’ carol concert

Children of members of Monifieth Singer who contributed in large measure to the annual Carol Concert held in St Ruule's Church.
Children of members of Monifieth Singer who contributed in large measure to the annual Carol Concert held in St Ruule's Church.

Monifieth Singers welcomed a large audience to their annual Carol Concert which was held in St Rule’s Church, Monifieth.

The evening commenced with a confident and rousing rendition of David Willcock’s arrangement of the well-known Basque carol ‘Gabriel’s Message’. Choir and audience then joined together in the favourite, ‘O Come all ye Faithful’.

Next was a group of two short pieces. First, the lullaby ‘O Little One Sweet’, harmonized by Bach. This was followed by the more commanding ‘A Great and Mighty Wonder’, translated from the poem by the Greek Saint Germanus, and set to a German melody.

The first guests of the evening, The Singers’ Bairns, comprising seven girls, children and grand-children with friends of the choir delighted the audience with ‘Away in a Manger’ and a selection of jolly Christmas songs.

On again to choir and audience with another favourite, ‘Still the Night’. David Willcocks’ harmonisation of ‘The Infant King’ followed.

Monifieth High School brass band then produced a foot-tapping selection for the delight of those present. The harmonization was excellent, and the young people played with much confidence and maturity without a conductor.

There followed a group of three carols from the choir, ‘Il est Né le Divin Enfant’, ‘Lulajże Jezuniu’, (‘Sleep Baby Jesus’)and ‘Tu Scendi dalle Stelle’, (‘You Have Come Down from the Stars’).

After a short interval, the concert restarted with a small group of three songs. First they entertained with the evergreen ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’, second was ‘Hush! My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber’ and finally was ‘Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly’.

Keeping in a boisterous mood, the audience joined the choir in ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High’. Next was ‘The Time of Snow’ by Bob Chilcott. A relatively new lullaby by John Rutter, ‘Dormi Jesu’, followed.

Then is was back to choir and audience with ‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’, complete with descant

It was time to welcome back the Monifieth High School Brass Band who dished up another treat yuletide favourites.

The last set of the evening comprised two songs. The first, William Llewellyn’s arrangement of, ‘How Soft, Upon the Ev’ning Air’ a sweet lullaby. His next arrangement was the merry ‘Joy to the World’.

The concert finished with choir and audience joining in a hearty rendition of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.

Audience participation is a feature of the Monifieth Singers’ Carol Concert, and it was pleasing to hear the choir augmented with another 140 voices performing several of the traditional Christmas Hymns and Carols.

At the conclusion of the concert, guests were invited by chairman George Mitchelson to join with the choir in some après-concert cheer.