Christmas music from across the ages

Ancient English carols mix with modern nativity settings in St Albans Choral Society’s Christmas concert of music and readings for all the family on Sunday 11 December at 7pm in Marlborough Road Methodist Church.

The choir will perform favourites such as the Coventry Carol, whose words come from a medieval mystery play, and the traditional English Sussex Carol, along with three works specially selected by Music Director George Vass for this year’s concert.

The first of these is Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant motet Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden (Rejoice, Ye People on Earth). Next is John Tavener’s Today the Virgin, a 20th century take on plainsong. Then comes contemporary composer Johnathan Dove’s ethereal Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars.

The audience will be invited to join in popular carols such as Good King Wenceslas and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and the music will be interspersed with four readings on festive themes by members of the choir.

“Our Celebration of Christmas concert welcomes adults and children of all ages and we look forward to a full house to help us launch the festive period,” said conductor Vass. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone to participate and experience the spirit of the season.”

Tickets priced £13 (£1 for children) are available in advance from SACS Ticket Line on 07555 610095, online from, or on the door.