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14 December 2017, 14:35 | Updated: 15 December 2017, 11:55
These are the beautiful voices of Genesis Sixteen, singing some of your favourite Christmas carols in the stunning Fitzrovia Chapel in London.
This Christmas, we met the extremely talented singers of Genesis Sixteen at Fitzrovia Chapel, London, and they treated us to a performance of some stunning Christmas carols.
Also known as ‘The Shropshire Carol’, this is a firm festive favourite – and it sounds even better in the high-ceilinged setting of the chapel.
This is the truth sent from above,
The truth of God, the God of love;
Therefore don’t turn me from your door,
But hearken all, both rich and poor.
It’s refreshing to hear a choir sing Cecilia McDowall’s modern carol ‘Now May We Singen’. Following the two traditional carols, McDowall’s composition sounds crisp and fresh as a cold winter’s morning.
Now may we singen as it is
Quod puer natus est nobis.
It wouldn’t be a true Christmas concert without this sprightly classic. ‘Past Three O’Clock’ takes its tune from the traditional song ‘London Waits’. In the 1920s an Anglican priest called George Woodward decided to write his own words to the traditional song.
Past three a clock,
And a cold frosty morning,
Past three a clock;
Good morrow, masters all!
Genesis Sixteen is a scheme run by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers.
Applications for Genesis Sixteen auditions are now open until 15 January 2018. To find out how to apply, click here.