This year’s Christmas Concert at Michaelhouse was a glittering occasion in a magical setting. Long Road musicians and drama students performed a wide range of pieces, starting with the College Choir’s rendition of Viva La Vida by Coldplay (arranged by M. Brymer) and ending with a rousing community carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
Piano music included Jessica Hill performing Over the Rainbow, Chopin’s Prelude in E Minor, performed by Hollie Sheridan, Einaudi’s Passagio played by Gemma Worledge and Satie’s Gnossienne No. 3, played by Barney Blanchflower.
Other instrumental soloists were acoustic guitar (Steph Kiddell, Clouds by Newton Faulkner), flute (Catherine Dennison, Chopin’s Andante poco adagio), electric guitar (Alex Bevan, Ruin by Lamb of God) alto saxophone (Sam Cross, Pastoral from Bill Holcombe’s Blues Concerto) and cornet (Jamie Wilson, Allegro from Trumpet Concerto in E flat major by Haydyn). There was also a trumpet ensemble by Oliver Borley and Jamie Wilson, Poco adagio by Bimboni; and vocal ensembles by Maria Morton and Alena Crawford, (Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen) and Jasmine Hunt and David Vant (Love is an Open Door from Frozen by Anderson-Lopez and Lopez).
The Pit Band entertained with Cantaloupe Island, Herbie Hancock, and Let it Go, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez. The Chamber Choir performed When the Cock Begins to Crow by Purcell and Still, Still, Still, Traditional.
Other College Choir pieces were Hold Back the River by James Bay, Where are you, Christmas? by Horner, Carey and Jennings, and Little Saint Nick by Brian Wilson and Mike Love.
Drama students performed a dramatized reading of Christmas Dinner by Michael Rosen, and the Bible reading was John 1:1-14.