Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall

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Waiting for the concert to begin. Peter counted at least 160 members of the choir.

Last night Peter and I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see and sing some Christmas carols with the Royal Choral Society and the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

Every year at the RAH they have the Christmas Classics series. Sometimes it’s a little formal other times for casual. The first year we spent Christmas in London, we took the kids to Christmas by candlelight on Christmas eve. That was quite nice. The entire orchestra and choir was dressed in 1800s costumes and we all sang Christmas carols by candlelight.

If you attend one of the matinée weekend concerts you get the Christmas jumper crowd who get to sing the Christmas carols you hear at the shopping mall.

Last night was semi-formal. Christmas carols that we all know plus some old ones from the days I attended the Anglican Church in Ottawa. “Joy to the world”, The first Nowell (although I don’t know who Nowell is?), In the Bleak midwinter, Away in a manger etc….There were two readings by Hugh Bonneville (that’s right, Lord Grantham himself). A funny rendition of Joseph writing a review to the Inn Keeper about the accommodations where he stayed and at the very end a more serious about the birth of Jesus Christ. Both we’re very nice.

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When Hugh came to do his first “funny” reading.

It was a great evening, I caught the Christmas spirit. Today I am flying to Montreal to continue spreading Christmas Cheer!

Joyeux Noël !!!!!

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