Looking for that Christmassy feeling? Look no further!
Join Voices for their musical Christmas extravaganza on 6th December. Voices are a friendly, non-auditioned vocal ensemble and are this year comprised of more members than ever before. Their first concert of the year, ‘A Christmas Celebration’, offers an evening of heart-warming of traditional Christmas carols, partnered with chart-topping classics ‘Mad World’ and ‘Candle in the Wind’, wonderfully arranged by musical director Daniel Murphy.
I talked with President Rosie Wardman, who said:
“Voices have loved singing a range of music different this term, from Adiemus to classic Christmas carols. A particular mention must go to our musical director, Daniel Murphy, who has brilliantly arranged two of the pieces we’re singing on the 6th: ‘Candle in the Wind’ and ‘Mad World’. Everyone’s work will be showcased in what promises to be an enjoyable and festive evening!”
Meanwhile soprano Catherine Walker added:
“Voices is such an easy-going choir of people who just enjoy singing together and that comes across in everything we do. This concert promises a wealth of Christmas carols – what is there not to love?!”
Voices will be performing traditional settings of your favourite carols, including ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’. In their latest rehearsal, which I was lucky enough to attend, Voices were concentrating on the harmony and intricate part work of ‘O Come O Ye Faithful’, complete with angelic soprano descant, as well as the slightly darker harmonies of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’. Four members of the choir Daniel Murphy, Melody Bishop, Harriet Gurnham and Hannah Dickinson will also perform the lesser-known yet lovely carol, ‘Jesus Christ is an Apple Tree’.
Voices are also embracing the true spirit of the season by raising money the Rainbow Trust children’s charity. They will be busking in Durham town centre in the next few weeks – keep an eye out!
So come on in from the chilly Durham winds and warm your heart with a good-old a festive sing-song at St Oswald’s Church on 6th December. Tickets are now available at: https://www.musicdurham.org/event/voices-christmas-concert/