Songs and Praise


Leicester Christmas Carol 2017 report

The concert began few minutes before 3pm with a prelude from the pianist. At the end of the prelude, there was an opening speech and we sang a congregational song "O Come All Ye Faithful". Followed by an opening prayer. The service was handed-over to the music leader for the commencement of the choir rendition.

  The choir started their presentation with "Sing oh Heavens" and rejoice ye oh earth because of the birth of a saviour in the city of David. This rendition was followed by another choral piece "Hear the bells", a song that tells of a Christmas season and praises God for the gift of a saviour to the earth.   The woodwind ensemble played Canon in D and ended with the song "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" in which the audience joined to sing along with them. Afterwards the female choir sang  "Calypsol Carol" cheerfully and enthusiastically. The first half of the concert was then rounded up as the choir sang "Away in a Manger" and "Wonderful Saviour".
The interval was announced and the choir was given a break but the concert continued with presentation from the children's choir. The children sang (Silent night, Jingle bells and Away in a manger) happily under the direction of their teachers.    
The second half began with orchestration pieces; the orchestra played Schubert's Marche Militaire with vigour. The concert continued in high spirit as Bro Ebenezer Amusa played (viola solo) Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith and ended with several exuberant variations of the christmas tune "Oh little town o Bethlehem". Choir songs and a trio rendition titled "Birthday of a King" followed this. The highlight of the second half was the male choir's grand and noble rendition of the song "Show me the star".    
Bro Mark Mfandarahwa gave the sermonette, he read from the book of John 3 verse 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". He then admonished the audience that' s the reason why Jesus was born, for the redemption our sins. 

The choir ended their presentation with the rapturous "Joy to the World" Medley, after which the announcement was given and Sis. Miriam Panganayi gave the vote of thanks. The concert was brought to a close in a joint effort of blissful singing of one of the traditional Christmas tunes "Hark the Herald Angel Sing". Closing prayer was given at the end of the congregational song and the choir for the last time led everyone to sing, "We wish you a merry Christmas"  
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