Advent music in our Parish
On the first Sunday of Advent, the 9am Choir paid its annual visit to the Anisha Grange Care Home to sing Christmas carols to the residents.
It was another lovely occasion that included readings by choir members.
To finish, the choir went outside to sing "Silent Night" before the Christmas lights were illuminated on the home's huge tree.
On the second Sunday Advent, The MHR Singers and The Most Holy Redeemer Children's Choir gave a lovely Advent Recital of music and readings in the Church.
The MHR Singers, directed by Kathy Underhill, sang a selection of pieces from its recent Venice Tour, including O Radiant Dawn by Sir James McMillan, Christe, adoremus te by Monteverdi and May you ever sing for joy by Stephen Rumsey.
The Most Holy Redeemer Children's Choir, directed by Bernadette Maskell, then provided a delightful selection of Christmas pieces and narration including Little Donkey, The Zither Carol and Mary Had a Baby.
To conclude, The MHR Singers sang two seasonal pieces, No Small Wonder by Paul Edwards and Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by John Gardner.
Seminarian Michael Barwick then gave his reflection on the evening before thanking the choirs and the eighty parishioners for attending.
There was a retiring collection taken for the Brentwood Children's Society that amounted £193.
On 3rd Sunday of Advent, the annual Parish Carol Service took place in a packed church.
As usual, all our choirs took part - the 9am and 11am Choirs, the MHR Children's Choir (MHRCC), the Parish Choir and 5pm Mass musicians Jeremiah Dinan and Marilyn Goodman.
The MHR Children's Choir start the Service with "Hodie"
The 11am Choir singing "Let the valleys be raised" directed by Alison Connolly
5pm Mass instrumentalists Jeremiah Dinan & Marilyn Goodman playing "Walking on the air"
9am Choir singing "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day" directed by MHR Director of Music Kathy Underhill
The MHR Children's Choir singing Noel Nouvelet directed by Bernadette Maskell
Congregational singing directed by Mark Nuttall
For their own pieces the MHRCC sang Hodie
from the Ceremony of Carols by Britten and the traditional French piece Noel Nouvelet
, the 11am Choir sang Let the valleys be raised by Dan Schutte, 5pm Mass musicians Jeremiah and Marilyn played Walking in the air
by Howard Blake, the 9am Choir sang Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
by John Gardner and then the Parish Choir (including the children) sang Come and Worship
by Alan Bullard.
The service ended with the whole church singing a resounding "O come all ye faithful
" before everyone went to the Pastoral Centre for the annual favourites, mulled wine and mince pies!