Christmas Cheer!


Abbey Consort and friends will get you in the Christmas spiritwith two concerts in early December. You can enjoy their seasonal offerings at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Melrose on Sunday 1st December (7.30pm) and again in St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kelso on Sunday 8th December (3pm).

The programme has something for everyone, from the very recognisable to the not so well known, including well-loved and familiar extracts from part 1 of Handel’s Messiah, several traditional carols exquisitely arranged by John Rutter plus two wonderful French pieces by Villette (the serenely beautiful Hymn to the Virgin) and Poulenc (his excitingly rhythmic setting of Hodie Christus natus est). Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols seamlessly merges several well-known themes and features a rich baritone solo. In addition, the instrumental ensemble will play two movements from the delightful Christmas Suite by Alec Rowley. All this and more is interspersed with opportunities for our audience to raise their voices too in some rousing favourites. We do hope you will be able to join us for some early Christmas Cheer!