All This Time William Walton
Lo! How a Rose Praetorius/Distler
Lo! How a Rose Daniel Gawthrop
Gabriel’s Message arr. David Willcocks
Blessed be that Maid Mary arr. David Willcocks
O Magnum Mysterium David N. Childs
O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen
The Shepherd’s Cradle Song Karl Leuner
Rocking arr. David Willcocks
Wide, Wide in the Rose’s Side Joel Martinson
Lully, Lulla Kenneth Leighton
I saw a Maiden arr. Edgar Pettman
In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst
Wexford Carol arr. John Rutter
The Holly and the Ivy arr. Reginald Jaques
I Saw Three Ships arr. David Willcocks

A Consort of Christmas Carols S. 359

Throw the Yule Log on, Uncle John

P.D.Q. Bach
O Little Town  
Good King Kong Looked Out
Deck the Hall arr. David Willcocks
Jingle Bells arr. Gordon Langford

The first half of our concert takes the loose form of an Advent Lessons and Carols program. The first Lessons and Carols service was held in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge, England. The then-new dean of King’s Chapel, 34-year-old Eric Milner-White, wanted to try something innovative and beyond the standard liturgy of the Church of England. He wove together scripture and song, called on readers of various ages from school and town, and made up a magical progression that carries us from prophecy to fulfillment, from Old Testament foretelling to a birthday celebration. Our version, although not nearly as strictly structured as Milner-White’s creation, was programmed with this now revered Anglican tradition in mind.

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:1-2,4,6-9

All This Time William Walton
Lo! How a Rose Praetorius/Distler
Lo! How a Rose Daniel Gawthrop

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:26-33

Gabriel’s Message Basque carol
arr. David Willcocks
text S. Baring-Gould
Blessed be that Maid Mary English traditional tune
arr. David Willcocks
  text G.R. Woodward

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2: 1-7

O magnum mysterium David N. Childs
O magnum mysterium Morton Lauridsen

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:8-16

The Shepherds Cradle Song Karl Leuner
  arr. Charles Macpherson
  text A. Foxton Ferguson
Rocking Czech carol
  arr. David Willcocks
Wide, Wide in the Rose’s Side Joel Martinson
  text Kenneth Patchen
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child Kenneth Leighton
  Text from the Pageant of the Shearman and Tailors,
Coventry, 15th Century