Friday, December 31, 2010

Carols by candlelight

There is simply nothing like singing your heart out to make you feel alive.

December 23, 2010 – Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall – an oval Victorian concert hall, dimly lit (a simulation of candlelight). The Mozart Festival Orchestra at one end in 18th century period costume. A choir in red robes (hints of the occult I think). 6,000 people with carol sheets in their hands. Readings from a Christmas Carol and St Marks Gospel by Robert Powell.

And a conductor and harpsichordist, Steven Devine, in a hot wig with a roster of groaning jokes to warm up the crowd.

Singing every other carol. Professional then crowd, professional then crowd. Singing descant between my son’s tenor and my mother’s soprano. Christmas!

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