Con­gre­ga­tion join choir in up­lift­ing carol ser­vice

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The up­lift­ing and cho­ral sounds of lo­cal singing groups and the con­gre­ga­tion filled the nave of the Brod­ick Church ear­lier this week when the John Dick carol con­cert took place in a new venue.

Hav­ing taken place in Lam­lash Church for over 30 years and at risk of be­ing can­celled al­to­gether this year ow­ing to a num­ber of cir­cum­stances, or­gan­is­ers An­drew Walsh, Su­san Dob­son and Katy Penn rapidly ar­ranged a plan to en­sure that the con­cert con­tin­ued, al­beit in a new venue.

Con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion, Ar­ran Brass and lo­cal string group Arco pro­vided the mu­sic while singing groups Vi­vace, Ain’t Mis­be­havin’ and the Ar­ran Singers pro­vided rous­ing per­for­mances and added their voices to the mul­ti­tude of hymns and car­ols that the con­gre­ga­tion sang.

Af­ter a short wel­come by Rev An­gus Adam­son, tra­di­tional car­ols, in­clud­ing Once in Royal David’s City, O Come, O Come Em­manuel and O Lit­tle Town of Beth­le­hem and While Shep­herds Watched their Flocks, were sung by the con­gre­ga­tion, in­ter­spersed by bible read­ings and per­for­mances by the singing groups.

The new venue lent it­self to pro­ject­ing the singers voices ad­mirably and the melodic har­monies re­ver­ber­ated through the build­ing, cre­at­ing a mov­ing and up­lift­ing ser­vice.

At the end of the evening a col­lec­tion was taken – with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards can­cer char­ity CLIC Sar­gent – be­fore the fi­nal bene­dic­tion marked an­other suc­cess­ful and thor­oughly en­joy­able is­land carol ser­vice.

Diana Hamil­ton leads the Ar­ran Singers in Comes the Light, a poem by Roger McGough which she set to mu­sic.

Vi­vace per­form a tra­di­tion carol Past Three O’Clock.

Ar­ran Brass and string group Arco pro­vided the mu­sic for the carol ser­vice.

Ain’t Mis­be­havin’ per­form the Pol­ish carol In­fant Holy, In­fant Lowly.

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