Advent in Bruggen, SG — Nine Lessons and Carols 2008

Advent service from Great Britain. Twelve professional singers interpret Advent and Christmas music both a capella and with accompaniment. The music is directed by David Christie, assisted by Nicola Cittadin (organ).

The “Nine lessons and carols” service weaves music and text together. Members of the Church, from young to old, read nine bible readings telling the Christmas story. Carols and Christmas music from five centuries in Latin, German, and Old and Modern English, are interspersed. This pre-Christmas gift delightfully combines the Swiss and British cultures, bringing professionals and amateurs together, fully in the spirit of Christmas cheer.


Organ Einklang: In dulci jubilo
Introductory words followed by the Lord’s Prayer
Carol In dulci jubilo [+] arr. Westbrook and Pearsall
1st Lesson Genesis iii 8-15 God declares his judgement
Carol Torches [*] John Joubert (*1927)
2nd Lesson Isaiah ix 2,6-7 Isaiah announces the coming king
Hymn „O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf“ KGB 361
Carol Make we joy now in this fest [*] William Walton (1902 − 1983)
3rd Lesson Micah v 2-5 God promises a ruler from Bethlehem
Carols Coventry Carol [+] Kenneth Leighton
Susanni [+] Richard Rodney Bennett
4th Lesson Luke i 26-33,38 The angel comes to Mary
Carols A Hymn to the Virgin+ Benjamin Britten
There is no rose of such virtu [+] John Joubert
5th Lesson Matthew i 18-25 God’s purpose is explained to Joseph
Carol In the bleak mid-winter [*] Christina Rossetti (1830 − 1894) / Harold Darke (1888 − 1976)
6th Lesson Luke ii 1-7 Jesus is born
Carol A spotless rose [*] Herbert Howells (1892 − 1983)
7th Lesson Luke ii 8-16 The shepherds go to the stable
Carol Riu, riu, chiu [+] Trad.
8th Lesson Matthew ii 1-2,7-11 Travellers come from the east
Carol No small wonder [++] Paul Edwards
Hymn „Macht hoch die Tür“ KGB 363
9th Lesson John i 1-14 The Word becomes flesh
Carol Sir Christèmas [+] William Mathias
Prayers and Blessing
Choir We wish you a Merry Christmas [*] Trad.


The MP3 files on this page recorded live [*] in the Reformed Church Hinwil on 4th December 2005, [+] in the Reformed Church, Hinwil on 7th December 2008, and [++] in St. Andrews Church, Zürich on 12th December 2008 © musicmakers