Orchard harmony set to sing carols

PUBLISHED: 17:11 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

The Whimple based ladies choir Orchard Harmony started life about seven years ago in the front room of its founder Julia Green.

The Whimple based ladies choir Orchard Harmony started life about seven years ago in the front room of its founder Julia Green.

It has since grown to about twenty members and tackles a wide range of music from hits from such musicals as Chicago and West Side Story, to Haydn's Nelson Mass and Handel's Messiah, when men are invited to join them.

For their Christmas concert in Whimple Church, on Saturday, December 6, at 7.30pm, the ladies have chosen a popular work by Benjamin Britten - his A Ceremony of Carols.

This delightful sequence of nine carols opens and closes with the Hodie Antiphon of the Nativity Vespers.

Britten espoused the English tradition without losing his own individuality in his settings of such pieces as A Boy Was Born, Spring Carol and As dew in Aprille.

Originally written for boy's voices, Britten chose the harp as his accompanying instrument, to be played on this occasion by Emma Graham. Heloise West will be the soloist.

Organist Paul Stock will accompany other festive music in the programme and Julia Green, who has had varied experience as a soloist, in cabaret, in musicals and with Devon Youth Choir, will conduct.

Tickets at £5 (with wine included) are available from Whimple Post Office, at the door, or by ringing (01404) 823585.

John Dalton


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