On Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m., the Albion College Music Dep artment presents its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at Goodrich Chapel. This event, first held in England in the 1880s and established as an Albion tradition in 1966, combines audience carols and choral performances by Albion's Concert Choir and Briton Singers, with Scripture readings connected with the season.
Clayton Parr, director of choral activities and 1980 alumnus, will be conducting, with Nicholas Laban, '11, on piano. Readers come from the College's Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, and student body as well as alumni and guests. Theatre professor emeritus Royal Ward once again plays the organ for prelude and postlude music, as well as accompanying the audience carols.
The concert choir’s musical selections will feature carols “O Holy Night”, “Nowell, Nowell”, and Nigerian Christmas carol “Betelehemu”. Albion’s select acapella group Briton Singers share a selection of Georgian carols including “The Nativity of Christ”, and “Alilo”. These Georgian selections highlight the Briton Singers' tour of the Republic of Georgia last May.
Albion choral director emeritus David Strickler first brought Lessons and Carols to campus. His arrangements of “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Silent Night" open and close the celebration.
This concert is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Albion College Music Department at 517/629-0481 or .