FLICKERING candles and the heavenly sounds of St Brigid’s choir floating up with the grand pipe organ at the annual Ceremony of Carols will assure a fitting 100th Christmas celebration in the iconic church next Sunday night.
Organiser Tricia Bartkowiak said the choir would perform arrangements of carols as well as leading the community in a number of well-loved tunes starting 7pm.
“This is a traditional candle-lit ceremony of carols,” she said.
“It begins with the church in darkness, except for candlelight, then a single voice floats through the darkness with the Christmas carol Silent Night.
“Music and carols will be interspersed with appropriate scripture readings to capture the message of Christmas and provide the perfect preparation for the birth of the Christ child.
“I hope our music reflects the hope of the season.
“I hope that people will come away from the carols knowing that there is beauty, and the seeds of peace, in our lives.”
The Christmas carols, now in their 10th year, are being seen as a perfect way to finish St Brigid’s centenary year celebrations.
“This year also features the Celtic harp played by Ester Adeney,” Ms Bartkowiak said.
“The instrument sounds really beautiful, especially for carols like Silent Night and Away in a Manger.
“And the string ensemble performs again, but this year you will hear the gorgeous Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughn Williams – all in the stunning acoustic of St Brigid’s Church.”
At the conclusion all are welcome for refreshments and to be entertained with lighter pieces by the instrumentalists. Abundant parking is available in the churchyard accessed from Musgrave Rd, Red Hill.