People from York and surroundings areas were again treated to a world class performance at a Christmas concert in Holy Trinity Anglican Church on December 14.

The concert was a combination of familiar Christmas carols and songs performed by nine choristers from the Cathedral Consort and classical music by organist and master of Choristers from St George's Cathedral, Joseph Nolan. It was the second time Nolan had visited York to play the Holy Trinity organ in 2013. The previous was a solo recital in May.

The 80 or more present enthusiastically joined in the singing of the Christmas carols including Once in Royal David’s City,  O little Town of Bethlehem, O come all ye faithful and Silent Night.

Following the first carol the choristers conducted by Nolan, sang three anthems unaccompanied: In Dulci Jubilo; In the Bleak Midwinter, Darke and Sans Day Carol by Rutter. These featured female and male solos and demonstrated the capacity and versatility of the singers' voices. The sound was what you might expect from a much bigger group.

A second bracket included: This is the Truth from Above, Vaughn Williams; Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen and Ding Dong Merrily on High. These were a blend of mellow, jolly, fast, slow, loud and soft. It was obvious that the choristers were having fun singing them.

The program was complemented by several pieces played expertly by Nolan on the Holy Trinity's pipe organ. The first was the organ solo, Sortie in Eb Lefebure by Wely with its grand and very fast ending. Towards the end of the evening Nolan delighted everyone with one of his favourites, Toccata by Widor, with its build up and grand finale.

There would also be some light hearted capers like Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer thrown in to make a fantastic evening. Nolan will be in York again in May 2014 for another solo recital.

Lindsay McNeill

TOP: Holy Trinity representative, Sir William Heseltine, introduces the St George's Cathedral choristers and organist, Joseph Nolan (right).

WEB PAGE : The St George's Cathedral choristers and organist, Joseph Nolan at the organ during the Christmas concert at Holy Trinity Church in York.