Clitheroe’s Christmas concert with a difference

Ribble Valley Choir regearse for their Christmas concert.
Ribble Valley Choir regearse for their Christmas concert.

CELEBRATIONs of Christmas, the summer Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are all incorporated in “Joy to the World”, a very special concert by Clitheroe Christians in Partnership.

Featuring music, dance and drama, it takes place at Trinity Methodist Church, off Parson Lane, on Saturday December 15th, beginning at 7-30 p.m. Musical items will be interspersed with drama sketches and Christmas readings to celebrate a momentous year for our country.

Firstly, performers will recall the London 2012 Olympic Games with the young Ribble Valley Dance Trio, followed by the Ribble Valley Choir and Orchestra performing One Moment in Time, sung by the late Whitney Houston for the 1988 Olympic Games.

Secondly, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, Ribble Valley Choir and Orchestra will perform Jubilate! Jubilee! by Paul Mealor with the kind permission of Making Music and the British Council. Paul Mealor is the composer of Wherever you are, last year’s “Christmas Number One” sung by the Military Wives’ Choir under Gareth Malone.

Jubilate! Jubilee! is a very “modern” sounding composition, first performed in September 2012 and quite unlike Wherever You Are and all the other Choir items.

Thirdly, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, the concert will include a performance of the story of the Nativity which he wrote for his children.

Items on the theme of Christmas will include familiar carols for the audience, carols by J. S. Bach, Hector Berlioz and John Rutter performed by Ribble Valley Choir and Orchestra and local soloists. There will also be humorous drama sketches. The concert will be attended by the Mayors of both the Ribble Valley and the Town of Clitheroe.

The concert is free to attend, no tickets are required, and a collection will be taken for Christian Aid.

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