Ministry, Music

For Unto Us a Child is Born

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I want you all to know that I am about to start listening to my new Messiah CD. But Typepad doesn’t seem to know the difference between one Messiah and another. Thus, I am forced to post the image here instead of simply adding it to my Typelist. Sigh.

The Princess and I are on our way to a Yankee Swap and Potluck Supper with the Ladies Evening Guild. I guarantee a full report.

9 thoughts on “For Unto Us a Child is Born”

  1. I have the remastered Robert Shaw Messiah coming for PH for Christmas, since it has Richard Lewis, the British tenor, and PH is a big Lewis fan. I had the privilege of singing for Mister Shaw with the Cathedral Choral Society for performances of the Brahms “German Requiem”, The Beethoven “Missa Solemnis”, and the Britten “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.” There is something about large-scale choral music, particularly in a great space, that takes you to another place. I love the Marriner version – it’s pretty authentic, as opposed to Shaw’s somewhat romantic reading. But I love Robert King of the King’s Consort best. Very fast tempi, and a countertenor singing the alto arias. Transcendent.
    Please do share all about the potluck. We’re doing a red and green potluck at church on Sunday – a couple of folks are making various kinds of chili, we’ll all bring sides, desserts, and drinks, and we’ll hang the greens in the church. I love the incredible variety of foods we get at our potlucks!
    Good music and good food – the best of the Christmas Season!

  2. I sense the festive spirit over there and it’s marvellous.
    I wish someone would explain more about hanging the greens. .. and your potlucks sound great. We aren’t good at it and fuss too much and last Sunday one ofthe CB went out and bought so much stuff just in case which kind of defeats the potluck
    so I’d really like some insight as how you really organise it.
    course we know that – and this is the truth -that over your side of the pond – you are blessed with a spirit of generosity and hostessing that we in europe only dream of.
    Could you parcel some up and send it over to me do you think – or pray for it to come. You see in europe (esp Scandinavia) we fight against being seen to show off so all talents are hidden … grr. drives me crazy!

  3. I sense the festive spirit over there and it’s marvellous.
    I wish someone would explain more about hanging the greens. .. and your potlucks sound great. We aren’t good at it and fuss too much and last Sunday one ofthe CB went out and bought so much stuff just in case which kind of defeats the potluck
    so I’d really like some insight as how you really organise it.
    course we know that – and this is the truth -that over your side of the pond – you are blessed with a spirit of generosity and hostessing that we in europe only dream of.
    Could you parcel some up and send it over to me do you think – or pray for it to come. You see in europe (esp Scandinavia) we fight against being seen to show off so all talents are hidden … grr. drives me crazy!

  4. Robert King and I coincided at Cambridge, mibi, (it was a GOOD time to be there…lots of whizzy singers, with whom I was fortunate to perform,- though I would HATE them to hear me now)…and we had fun attending the Kings Consort concerts when they were just starting out and we were living in London. Now all a bit too complicated..and tends to make me feel rather elderly and has been..
    I like Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music best myself…mainly because of celestial Emma Kirkby, whose voice I covet far more than is good for me! THAT’s what I’ll play in the car as I drive out of the parish for Day Off today 🙂 🙂

  5. I responded here last night. What did Typepad do with my post?
    mibi, I am duly impressed.
    Kathryn, I will add your recommendation to next year’s shopping list.
    Lorna, more on that later. Off for a two hour drive to a meeting. Ugh. But at least Elly Ameling will accompany me.

  6. mibi, I’m envious! And Grace, thank you for asking about the Yankee Swap; I was wondering the same thing. Songbird, our Sunday School class follows the lectionary, and we have several choir members in the group (myself included) who have to refrain from bursting into song during the readings. Enjoy the glorious music!

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