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“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 15th December, 2019

CARDIFF SENIOR CITIZENS CENTRE, CARDIFF

The Concert opened with Christmas Crackers, a medley of well-known Christmas tunes. The German Carol Ich Steh An Deiner Krippen Hier (I’m Standing By Your Crib) followed. The Australian composition by William G James, An Australian Christmas, consisting of three Movements, Carol of the Birds, Lullaby Carol and Christmas Day was well-received. David Walker OAM, principal euphonium, delighted the audience as he featured in the “quite gentle and romantic” Merry Christmas Darling. The Aria In Marble Halls, from the Opera The Bohemian Girl, followed.The audience then joined inwith the singing of Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The rousing Georg Friedrich Handel’s For Unto Us a Child is Born addedsome intensity, while Irving Berlin’s appealing and ever popular composition White Christmas concluded the first half.

The second half opened with Henry Purcell’s Rondo. The Hymn Jerusalem, regularly featured in The British Proms and regarded as Britain’s second Anthem, was included for the first time. The very lively Christmas Swing changed the mood.Again, themost popular number of the second half was Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz). with the audience, from time to time,joining hands and swaying from side to side, as well tapping their feet to the beat. Christmas Joy provided another medley of Christmas tunes. The audience sang along to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus brought an inspiring end to the Concert.

Nineteen numbers provided the entertainment for the audience, who, with smiles “all round” as they departed, indicated that the afternoon was a joyful experience.

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