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Christmas Celebration at St Bart’s

The annual Stranmillis ‘Celebration of Christmas in Words & Music’ took place at St Bartholomew’s Church on Thursday 14th December.

The College Choir and various instrumentalists under the direction of lecturers Jayne Moore, Frances Burgess and Norman Richardson, accompanied on the church organ by former student Alex McBride, led the large congregation in some traditional carols. In addition, choral, instrumental and ensemble pieces were interspersed with readings of familiar Biblical passages telling the First Christmas story as well as more recently written poems and reflections.

Readers included College staff and students, Edgar Jardine from the College’s Board of Governors, Martin Hagan from St Mary’s University College, Barry Mulholland from the Controlled Schools’ Support Council and an International student from Switzerland. Highlights of the evening were a rendition of ‘Stille Nacht/ Silent Night’ by three students from Germany, Hungary and Spain, choral contributions by various combinations of music specialist student groups, and wonderful new arrangements by our own Norman Richardson.

Congratulations to all who contributed so well to an uplifting celebration of the season.

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