This coming Sunday we have our parish Christmas concert, 6pm in Finnsnes church. The concert takes it’s name from the title of a Norwegian Christmas song Lys imot mørketida (light against the dark time) which draws on images of both the ‘polar night’ and Jesus as the light of the world.
With so large a parish the reality is that it’s not possible to involve everyone (at least not if we hold the concert to a reasonable length!), but we have a good cross section of people and musical styles:
Barnekor (the childrens’ choir):
Ungdomskor (the youth choir), who have decided to wear robes this year:
We also have guest vocal group, the Tråsdahls:
The church band have a big supporting roll, together with Sarah and I on piano and organ, plus Susanna will play a bit of Euphonium.
Here is the program – music interspersed with readings from the Christmas gospel:
- Lys imot mørketida
- Tenn lys
- Rydd vei for Herrens komme (traditional carol with a ‘medieval’ twist)
- Min sjel synger til Herren
- Himmlens Ånde (Breath of heaven )
- I en natt
- Hør hvor englesangen klinger (Angels from the realms of glory)
- Ære være
- Betlehems stjerne
- Nå er den hellige time
- Himmlen i min favn
- Stille natt
- Hellig er din gutt, Maria
- Julsång (O holy night)
- Deilig er jorden (roughly Fairest Lord Jesus – every Nowregian carol concert finishes with this)
- Nordnorsk julesalme
Afterward the Barnekor parents are arraninge coffee and cake, with proceeds towards the choir tour in 2016. Yum.