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Welcome At this time of year, we focus on music for Advent; the start of the church year. There are three themes running through the season of Advent; from the Old Testament prophecies which look forward to the Messiah, to the waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus and through to the promise of his return at the second coming.

the splendid David Willcocks arrangements and descants), and this year we have included strings, brass, percussion, piano and organ.

The season is rich with symbolism and is characterised not only by a feeling of expectation and hope but also by a certain sense of solemnity and reverence. Music for Advent is consequently varied in both style and focus, picking up on the various tenets of Advent and giving us a wide array of material from which to choose.

Tonight is a very special night as it marks the final performance by the School’s Accompanist, Mrs Christine Dean, who has been such a support and asset to the music programme. Along with being an accompanist extraordinaire, Mrs Dean has been a wonderful teacher of piano and chamber music, and a friend to many. We say thank you Mrs Dean for all you have given to music at The King’s School, and best wishes for a very happy retirement.

The music in this Carols Service ranges from the 14th century carol Angelus ad Virginem sung in Latin (which was arranged by Barry Rose for the Chapel Choir of The King’s School, Cantebury), to a JS Bach chorale, and a contemporary John Rutter work “Nativity Carol”. As well, the traditional carols are sung by congregation and choir (with some using

We are delighted to have return to King’s to play organ this evening, Andrej Kouznetsov (formerly Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey).

Finally, I hope you enjoy the Festival of Lessons and Carols, and wish you and your family much joy at Christmas! B N Walmsley Director of Music

The Order of Service Organ Preludes

Mr A Kouznetsov

Please Stand

Once in Royal David’s City Soloist: Samuel Rider SOLOIST ONLY


Congregation (V 3-6)

Music: H J Gauntlett Words: C F Alexander Arr: David Willcocks v.6

1. Once in Royal David’s city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for his bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child.

4. For he is our childhood’s pattern, Day by day like us he grew, He was little, weak and helpless, Tears and smiles like us he knew; And he feeleth for our sadness, And he shareth in out gladness.

2. He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all, And his shelter was a stable, And his cradle was a stall; With the poor, and mean, and lowly, Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

5. And our eyes at last shall see him, Through his own redeeming love, For that child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above; And he leads his children on To the place where he is gone.

3. And through all his wondrous childhood He would honour and obey, Love, and watch the lowly maiden, In whose gentle arms he lay; Christian children all must be Mild, obedient, good as he.

6. Not in that poor lowly stable, With the oxen standing by, We shall see him; But in heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high; When like stars his children crowned All in white shall wait around.

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The Bidding Prayer Lesson 1 CHOIR

The Fall

Emmanuel with Brass & Percussion

Rev S Edwards Mr R Chandler Words & Music: N Goemanne

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel Soloist Verse 2: Michael Goh Verse 4: Dan Tompson



Plainsong melody (15th cent.) Harm: J H Arnold

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

3. O come, O key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home; make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

2. O come, O come, great Lord of Might Who to the tribes, on Sinai’s height In ancient times did give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

4. O come, O branch of Jesse, free Your own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell your people save And give them victory o’er the grave. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

5. O come, O dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by your advent here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.


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Lesson 2 Christ’s Birth and Kingdom are foretold by Isaiah CHOIR

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear with Piano & Drums Please stand

Benjamin Xie

American Carol Music: R S Willis Arr. B Parry



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The First Nowell

Congregation (V 1)

CHOIR ONLY (V 2-5) Congregation to join ALL REFRAINS

1. The first Nowell the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 2. They looked up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 3. And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel!

English Traditional carol Arr: David Willcocks 4. This star drew nigh to the north-west; O’er Bethlehem it took its rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 5. Then enter’d in those wise men three, Full rev’rently upon their knee, And offer’d there in his presence Their gold and myrrh and frankincense: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel! 6. Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind hath bought: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel!

Please be seated CHOIR

Angelus ad Virginem

14th Century Carol Arr: B Rose

Lesson 3 Angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin, Mary

Jack Taylor

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Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Felix Mendelssohn Words: C Wesley, T Whitefield, M Madan et al Descant & organ part by David Willcocks


1. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled: Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies, with th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem”. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King.

2. Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, late in time behold Him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb: Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King.

Congregation (V 6)

3. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in His wings; Mild He lays his glory by, born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King. Please be seated

Lesson 4 CHOIR

St Luke tells of Christ’s birth

O Little One Sweet with String Quartet

Dr A Parry Old German melody Harmonised: J S Bach

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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen


English Traditional Carol Arr: David Willcocks

1. God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ our Saviour Was born upon this day, To save us all from Satan’s pow’r When we were gone astray: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

3. The shepherds at those tidings Rejoiced much in mind, And left their flocks a-feeding In tempest, storm and wind, And went to Bethlehem straightaway This blessed babe to find; O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

2. From God our Heav’nly Father A blessed angel came, And unto certain shepherds Brought tidings of the same, How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

4. But when to Bethlehem they came, Whereat this infant lay, They found him in a manger, Where oxen feed on hay; His mother Mary kneeling, Unto the Lord did pray: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

5. Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace: This holy tide of Christmas All others doth deface: O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy. Please be seated

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Lesson 5 The Shepherds go to the Manger

Mrs Elizabeth Jensen

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While Shepherds watched their flocks by night Congregation

Later form of melody from Este’s Psalter (1592) Tune: Winchester Old

1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

3. “To you in David’s town this day is born of David’s line a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord; and this shall be the sign:

2. “Fear not”, said he (for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind), “Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.”

4. “The heavenly Babe you there shall find to human view displayed, all meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes and in a manger laid.”

5. “All glory be to God on high, and to the world be peace; Goodwill henceforth from heaven to earth begin and never cease.” Please be seated SEMI CHORUS

The Little Road to Bethlehem Conducted by Mrs K Walmsley Accompanied by Mrs C Dean

Music: M Head Words: M Rose

Lesson 6 The Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus

Zachary Hodge

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O Come, All Ye Faithful Congregation

Arr: David Willcocks

1. O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

3. See how the shepherds, Summoned to his cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear; We too will thither Bend our joyful footsteps: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

2. God of God, Light of Light, Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb; Very God, Begotten, not created: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

4. Lo! star-led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring, Offer him incense, gold and myrrh; We to the Christ Child Bring our hearts’ oblations: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

5. Child, for us sinners Poor and in the manger, Fain we embrace thee, with awe and love; Who would not love thee, Loving us so dearly? O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

6. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above; Glory to God In the highest: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Please remain standing

Lesson 7 St John Unfolds the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

Dr T Hawkes

Please be seated CHOIR

Nativity Carol

Words & Music: John Rutter

Prayers and Blessing CHOIR

Deck the Hall

Rev S Edwards Welsh traditional carol Arr: David Willcocks

Please Stand

Joy to the World! with Brass & Timpani


1. Joy to the world! the Lord is come: Let earth receive her King; Let ev’ry heart prepare him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

L Mason Based on G F Handel Arr: John Rutter Words: I Watts 2. Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns: Let men, their songs employ, While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness, And wonders of his love, And wonders of his love, And wonders, wonders of his love.

Organ Recessional Improvisation on ‘Adeste Fideles’

Mr A Kouznetsov F Pott (b.1957)

Senior Choir Trebles Michael Brown Pravin Chanmugam Keith Cheng Jason Chhoeu James Dugdale Nathan Dugdale Zane Gale Gian Gill Matthew Gillis Allen Guo Christopher Goh Michael Goh Oscar Han Joshua Hanlon Justin He Archer Holz Joshua Lee Casper Lu William McCarthy Nicholas Morley Christopher Navaratnam Samuel Rider Ben Selig Nathan Setukavalar Alexander Siu Lleyton Smith Thomas Weston George Yin

Altos Shanith de Mel Eric Dos Santos Sebastian Hacker Jerry Han Jacob Harris Harry Huang Amay Jain Jonluke Jammal William Lesslie Kieran Lowe Methila Nanayakkara Lachlan Nye Angus Padley Razeen Parvez Ratnam Dinesh Amarkeshan Sabesan Nilesh Seelan

Tenors Samuel Atkinson Arian Bhatia Thomas Byrne Blaize Cavalera-Sivis Max Cha Thomas Chan Manus Chauhan Samuel Chow Clement Chiu Thomas Cocks Alex Feng Gerry Feng David Gailey William Giang Abhranil Hazra Stanley Hu Bryan Jacob Sebastian Keys Richard Kwon Alexander Lafazanis Tiger Li Winston Li Yuseph Ma Lachlan Macleod Andrew Mahler Owen Mak Tinashe Mangwana Matthew Oliver Henry Pan Jonathan Papantoniou William Rose Alick Song Ben Sumetvarapa Jinyang Tao William Tong Yanni Tzakos Dylan Walton Frank Xue Max Yang Xiangtai Zeng Kimble Zhang Christopher Yao Scott Ye

Basses Nicholas Batson Henry Bell Joshua Everett Sean Hanly Kenneth He Joel Jammal Braxton Jones Sebastian Lee Calvin Lu Christopher Moore Henry Pan Nathan Ricardo Daniel Tompson Henry Wertheimer Samuel Yeend Jason Zhang Mr M Powys

Andrej Kouznetsov

Andrej read a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. Whilst a student, he won several awards, including that of first place in the open section of the Sydney Organ Competition. During this time, he was Organ Scholar at the University of Sydney, and at St James’, King Street, where he was subsequently appointed Organist.

Relocating to the United Kingdom in 2010, Andrej spent a year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, where he was also Director of the Cathedral Chamber Choir. Following this, he was appointed Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey in London, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the Abbey’s world-renowned choir, and took part in high-profile events, such as the service to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible, attended by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Whilst at the Abbey, Andrej also became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. Andrej also maintains a busy recital schedule, having played at venues across Australia and the United Kingdom.

Acknowledgements Conductor Mr B N Walmsley

Accompanist Mrs C Dean

Assistant Conductor Mrs K Walmsley

Organ Mr A Kouznetsov

Choir Staff Miss J Kojevnikov Mr A Pasquill

Programme Mr J Walmsley

Sound & Lighting Mr J Walmsley Jordan Floyd Special Thanks Mr P Beverley Rev S Edwards Mr M Kelly Ms G Kovacs Braeside Drama & Music Trust Music Staff Print Room

Instrumentalists Strings Mr T Addison Miss J Kojevnikov Eugene Wang Ms S Chun

Brass Mr D Williams Lucas Schembri Luke Ringrose Dennis van Rooyen

Percussion Mr L Thatcher

All Carols in this programme are printed with permission under CCL Number 236122.

The Headmaster and Staff of The King’s School wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas

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Festival of Lessons & Carols Programme 2013