Carols for Everyone 2020 with Southwell Renaissance Singers
For nearly two decades, Southwell and District Lions have presented an annual feast of Christmas Music in Southwell Minster. Known as Carols for Everyone, the concert was performed in conjunction with Southwell Orchestral Society and Southwell Choral Society, with the kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Southwell Minster.
The event has also featured performances from local schools and musical groups, along with plenty of enthusiastic audience participation in the singing of well-loved Christmas Carols. Each year, the proceeds from the sale of 600-700 tickets and a retiring collection have raised thousands of pounds for a nominated charity, which alternated annually between local and international.
Regrettably, due to the restrictions imposed to combat Covid-19, we are unable to hold this unique and traditional event this year.
However, we would not like you to go entirely without a truly memorable festive season appetiser. In place of our annual concert, we are able to bring you a wonderful performance of traditional Christmas Carols by the Southwell Renaissance Singers, a local choral group of international renown, which you can listen to in the comfort of your own home and as often as you like.
In return, we only ask that you consider using the justgiving facility below to make a donation, which will go equally to our chosen charities – Reachand Southwell Live at Home (now MHA Communities – East Midlands). Both charities do amazing work for our community and, like many others, have seen their ability to raise funds to support their members badly hit during the pandemic so your generosity will be more important - and more welcome - than ever this year.
You can simply listen to the performance directly or you can download it by clicking on the links below.
Southwell and District Lions thank you for your support and hope that you and your family have a truly Happy Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.
We will be back in the Minster in 2021 and look forward to welcoming you to Carols for Everyone then!
1. You can listen to the full CD of 20 Carols by playing the audio file immediately below
2. You can download the full CD and a list of the carols by clicking on the download file icons below
7. broadcast it (Hospitals and schools may however download and broadcast the music over their internal radio or speaker systems for the benefit of patients and school children.)
If you would like to make a donation to support
Reach and/or Live at Home
to help us replace the £1000's lost because we cannot hold our
regular Carols for Everyone event in the Minster then
click on the JustGiving link below from 1st December
Southwell Renaissance Singers were a group of friends in Southwell Choral Society who decided (many years ago) to form their own group during the Summer Holidays. Under their director, David McIntosh, they quickly established themselves and over the intervening years regularly performed in fundraising concerts both here and abroad.
The various members stayed together over the years and occasionally created something special, like this group of carols recorded by Dr Alec Wells over several evenings in the Chapter House of Southwell Minster.
In this difficult year, particularly with the cancellation of so many events, they are pleased to make this recording available to the Lions to help them raise much needed funds for this year's nominated charities.
The singers on the recording are: Penni Wells, Thelma McIntosh, Janet Marshall, Jane Gamble, Judith Cook, Lindsey Smith, Vicky Thorpe, Beryl Calthrop, Martin Pickering, Anthony Cook, Alec Wells, John Chesney, David McIntosh and Malcolm Gamble.
Christ was born on Christmas Day – Old German Tune arr. by David Willcocks
Away in a Manger – Normandy Tune arr. by Reginald Jacques
A Babe was Born I Wys – F. Bainton
The Virgin’s cradle Hymn – Edmund Rubbra
Past Three A Clock – Traditional harm. by Charles Wood
The Truth from Above – Traditional arr. by R. Vaughan Williams
King Jesus Hath a Garden – Dutch Tune harm. by Charles Wood
Lute –Book Lullaby – W. Ballet (17thC.) arr. by Geoffrey Shaw
The Holly & the Ivy – Traditional arr. by Reginald Jacques
Infant Holy – Polish Carol arr. by David Willcocks
Psallite Unigenito – Michael Praetorius (1609)
Joy Shall be Yours in the Morning – H. Fraser-Simpson
Adam Lay Ybounden – Boris Ord
The Blessed Son of God – R. Vaughan Williams
Ding Dong Merrily on High – French 16thC. harm by Charles Wood
Song of the Nuns of Chester – English 15thC. arr by David Willcocks
The Cherry Tree Carol – Traditional arr. by David Willcocks
Lullay My Liking – Gustav Holst
In Dulci Jubilo – Old German Tune arr. by R.L. Pearsall
Gloustershire Wassail – traditional arr. by R Vaughan Williams