Carols in Fetteresso Church for Christmas

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The lights are up and the shops may have started their Christmas season several weeks ago, but Fetteresso Church’s celebrations kick-off as usual with the choir’s annual carol concert. This takes place in the church on Friday December 9 and starts at 7.30pm when an audience of over 200 will again be expected.

The choir’s programme will as usual feature a selection of joyous and melodic music featuring carols old and new.

There will be quite a few brand new carols including up-tempo songs ‘Tis a wonderful thing’ and ‘Sing we now of Christmas’, both of which the choir has enjoyed rehearsing.

There will also be a sprinkling of old favourites with ‘On this Holy Night’ being the one which has attracted most requests from recent years.

In addition to the choral items, there will be solos and duets by Jean and Peter Webster and their selection will include a duet version of the ever-popular ‘O Holy Night’. For one duet however, ‘Scots Nativity’, Peter will take the stage with his young pupil Anna Blair.

Organist and choirmaster Ian Gillis will accompany the choir on keyboard and piano and he is delighted that local clarinet player Lesley Clark will again be taking part.

The up-tempo ‘Rise up Shepherd’ which features a jazzy clarinet accompaniment will likely be the big hit of the evening.

The audience - many of whom are now regulars at this annual event - will be heavily involved, joining in with some traditional carols before enjoying the festive mulled wine and refreshments which will be served after the concert.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door priced £5 and a large proportion of the takings will again be donated to charity.