Candlelit Christmas Concert

Saturday 9 December 2023, 7.30pm, St. Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH

Viva Voce Singers present an evening of Christmas choral music, both traditional and modern. The programme will include new works by Marques L.A. Garrett (b1984), Suzzie Vango (b1982) and Reena Esmail (b1983), alongside classic well-loved carols, and there will be the opportunity for some audience participation.

Viva Voce Singers are a Norwich-based choir of around 25 singers and winners of the 2011 BBC Radio Norfolk Choir of the Year. Its Musical Director Jody James is also Director of Music at the Church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich. In 2018 the Royal School of Church Music awarded Jody its Certificate of Special Service in recognition Vof her contribution to church music, stating that her ‘galvanising influence, flair and professional musical skills … enrich the musical life of Norwich’.

“Viva Voce Singers……were in fine form in a representative programme of choral music by Benjamin Britten……..The performers caught its (Hymn to St Peter) spirit of celebration, moving on from its solemn opening declaration to a more intimate section. This sort of flexibility in response was the hallmark of the concert..” – Eastern Daily Press


This is the truth sent from above   Trad. English arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Of Jesse’s line descended                Sixteenth-Century

 A Ukrainian Alleluia                          Trad. Ukrainian arr. Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921)

The angel Gabriel                               Trad. Basque arr. Edgar Pettman (1866-1943)

Gaudete                  Piae Cantiones (1582) arr. Suzzie Vango (b.1982)

 Away in a manger                      James R. Murray (1841/2-1905)

Once in Royal Davd’s City          Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-18760)
Harmonised by A. H. Mann (1850-1929)
Descant verse by David Willcocks (1919-2015)
Piano solo – Keith Goodman

Go tell it on the mountain      Spiritual arr. Horst Hinze (b.1960)

The Unexpected Early Hour     (based on Raag Ahir Bhairav)                        Reena Esmail (b.1983)


Sing Lullaby                            Trad. Basque arr. Edgar Pettman

Now the Rejoicing                Zanaida Stewart Robles (b.1979)
Quartet: Clare Walker, Jane Freeman, Will Holmes, David Nunn

Silent Night                               Franz Xavier Gruber (1787-1863)
arr. David Iliff (b.1939)

O little town of Bethlehem        Trad. English arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1898-1994), Descant by Thomas Armstrong 
Piano solo – Keith Goodman

What child is this?                    Trad. arr. John Stainer (1840-1901)

The Saviour’s Birth                             Based on spiritual melodies
arr. Marques L. A. Garrett (b.1984)

The concert took  place in  St. Botolph’s Church in Trunch. With a licensed bar. 
It’s good practice to wear face masks all the time, except when you are eating or drinking.  
The number of places – limited. Pre-booking only. Tickets: £15 – adult, £7 – children.

Tickets were available by phone 01692 402 624 or cash only at The Crown at Trunch (Front Street, Trunch, North Walsham NR28 0AH).

Proceeds are donated to Trunch and Swafield Church restoration projects.