A world premiere was among the many highlights at An Afternoon of Christmas Music from Market Rasen & District Choral Society.
And, as the title suggests, it was a change of timing for this seasonal offering from the singers, from a Saturday evening, something which seemed to be a good choice, with a good number of people in the audience.
The programme ranged from traditional carols to the more bizarre - All I want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus - all delivered with enthusiasm by the choir members.
With rehearsal accompanist Emma Radwell taking up her place among the singers, and performing two delightful solos, there was a welcome back to Caroline Anne on piano. And it was Caroline Anne’s newly penned carol ‘The Boy of Bethlehem’ that was given its premiere at the concert; a beautiful song which is sure to become a favourite with many. Also performing two accomplished solos was Julie Cullen.
The audience was also entertained with two monologues. Lloyd Hughes took the audience on a nostalgic trip with extract from A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.
In the second half, Peter Hill caused much laughter with his rendition of ‘A Lancashire Messiah’ - a comedic look at the various parts of a choir and the delivery of Handel’s famous oratorio.
In the new year, the Choral Society will be preparing for their spring concert of Joseph Haydn’s ‘Creation’, which will be performed in De Aston Sports Hall on Saturday, May 10.