Annual Christmas Concert at the Friends’ Meeting House, Lancaster

7.30pm, Sunday 18th December 2016.

Our final concert of the year is in what seems to be our new home of The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX. Our String Trio will accompany us and our guest artists are the virtuosic Lancaster musicians Bazzer’s Jazzers.

Entry, payable on the door: £6.

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The Friends’ Meeting House, Lancaster. Photo by Clem Rutter.

Singing Workshop at The Gregson Centre, Lancaster

Saturday 10th December – 11am to 4.30pm

A singing workshop run by Paul Guppy (Director of The Gladly Solemn Sound). He will be leading a workshop of West Gallery carols in the Olive Room at the Gregson Community Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY. Come along and sing with several of our choir members.

Entry £10.00 (including music).

(Please let us know if you intend to come to this event, to give us an idea of how many music copies we’ll need. Contact Us here).

Christmas Concert at the Shepherd’s Church, Abbeystead, Lancaster

8pm, Thursday 15th December 2016

We will be holding our traditional Christmas Concert at the Shepherds Church, Over Wyresdale, (Abbeystead, near Lancaster), Lancashire on Thursday 15th December 2016, 8pm.

Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection. For further information, contact Stephen Crossland on 01524 792205

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The Shepherd’s Church, Over Wyresdale. Photo by Rebecca Moon.

 

Concert with the Millennium Choir at St John’s Church, Lancaster, 27th September 2014

*** THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE OLIVE BAR AT THE GREGSON CENTRE, MOOR LANE, LANCASTER. THE NEW START TIME IS 8PM, AND THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE FOR ENTRY (THOUGH DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED). ***

The Gladly Solemn Sound will be holding a joint concert with fellow Lancaster group the Millennium Choir at St John’s Church, North Road, Lancaster, on Saturday 27th September 2014, starting at 7.30pm. The concert is being held in aid of St. John’s Church, with all proceeds going towards its upkeep.

Admission is £5 and tickets are available on the door, or by contacting Paul Guppy on 01524 68621

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.

Spring Concert at St John’s Church, Lancaster, 17th May 2014 7.30pm

The Gladly Solemn Sound will be holding a Spring Concert at St John’s Church, North Road, Lancaster, on Saturday 17th May 2014, starting at 7.30pm. The concert is being held in aid of Lancaster Samaritans, with all proceeds going to them.

Admission is £5 and tickets are available on the door, or from the Samaritans Charity Shop, Damside St, Lancaster, or by contacting Paul Guppy on 01524 68621

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.

The church of St John the Evangelist, Lancaster. Photo copyright Phil Williams.

Some music for Christmas… The Oxen

One of our popular Christmas pieces is The Oxen, a poem by Thomas Hardy and set to music by Paul Guppy, our Musical Director.

The poem recounts the Christmas legend that descendants of the beasts who knelt in reverence at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, continue to do so on Christmas Eve to this day. Awake Ye Mortals All - West Gallery Christmas MusicHardy had included the tale in Tess of the D’Urbervilles but published it separately as a poem in 1915.

The Oxen can be heard on our CD of Christmas Music Awake Ye Mortals All but you can also listen to it (for free!) on the BBC website here.