Fanfares & Carols
Saturday 3 December 2022 at 2.30pm
  Date:  Saturday 3 December 2022
  Time: 2.30pm
  Venue:  The Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
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The Northampton Bach Choir are delighted to extend a welcome to Adele Hudson and Rushden Town Band for their third concert together following their critically-acclaimed performance of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts in June 2019, and their first Fanfares and Carols performance at The Cripps Hall Theatre in December 2021 (the pictures on this page are taken from that concert).

This concert of Fanfare and Carols includes a wide selection popular classics in arrangements for choir and brass band, four a cappella carols from the choir plus audience carols and solos from the brass band. Take a look at the programme below and you’ll find plenty of familiar favourites, beautiful melodies, and toe tapping delights. Our concert is given at Cripps Hall Theatre, on the campus of Northampton School for Boys. With comfortable seating, plenty of space for mulled wine and soft drinks in the interval, and ample parking opposite, it is a perfect venue for our Christmas family festivities.

We are delighted to welcome the first of our four guest conductors this season, Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, Christopher Ouvry-Johns. AND we have a managed to persuade Santa Claus to welcome everyone as they come in. He will be outside with his sleigh, and he might come in and say hello to the children during the interval (if they are very good).

Please note that this is a matinée performance, beginning at 2.30pm and ending at approximately 4.30pm. The concert is suitable for all the family.


Northampton Bach Choir
Conductor - Dr Chris Ouvry-Johns

Rushden Town Band
Conductor - Adele Hudson

Four Choir & Band Carols

A Christmas Festival - Leroy Anderson arr. Lee Dunleavy
Jingle Bells - arr. David Willcocks & Eric Wilson
Joy to the World - G. F. Handel arr. Howard Lorriman
O Holy Night - Adoplhe Adam arr. Howard Lorriman

Four Audience Carols

God rest you merry, gentlemen - arr. David Willcocks & Ray Steadman-Allen
Good King Wenceslas - arr. Reginald Jacques & Lee Dunleavy
Hark! the herald angels - arr. David Willcocks & Ray Steadman-Allen
O come, all ye faithful - arr. David Willcocks & Ray Steadman-Allen

Four Carols for Choir alone

Angelus ad Virginem - arr. Keith Roberts
Ding dong! merrily on high - arr. Philip Stopford
O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
The Heart-in-Waiting - Bob Chilcott

Brass Band Solos

Carol of the Bells - Mykola Leontovych arr. Darrol Barry
Candlelight Carol - John Rutter arr. Chris Mallet
When a Child is born - Ciro Dammicco arr. Darrol Barry
Winter Wonderland - Felix Bernard arr. Philip Sparke
Santa Claus Trophobia - arr. Sandy Smith
Christmas Piece - Goff Richards