Festival of Lessons and Carols

Presented by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Healdsburg

Clarinet Duo McGammon and Gibboney

In 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, a former Army chaplain wrote a Christmas concert to soothe and encourage war-weary England. In the 105 years since, the “Festival of Lessons and Carols” has remained virtually unchanged. This classic concert is still performed and can still be heard every Christmas Eve on BBC radio around the world. Local residents won’t have to wait for Christmas Eve; the concert will be performed at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Healdsburg. The St. Paul’s Choir will be accompanied by pipe-organist Paul Blanchard and clarinet duo Jim Gibboney and Jim McCammon. Admission is free. The church is located at the corner of East and Matheson Streets, one block east of Healdsburg's downtown Plaza.

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Program Items

Gustav Holst; arr. Evelyn Larter (b. 1953) In the Bleak Midwinter
Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876) Once in Royal David's City
arr. N. Joseph Lowe, Jr. Watchman Tell Us of the Night
arr. Barbara Wallace (1932-2005) Ding, Dong, Merrily on High
arr. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) Now Come, Redeemer of Us All
Lewis H. Redner (1831-1908) O Little Town of Bethlehem
William Roger Price (b. 1955) The Father's Love
K. Lee Scott (b. 1950) Peace Came to Earth
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) Manger Carol
Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863) Silent Night
Traditional French Carol Angels We Have Heard on High
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) Three Kings from Persian Lands
Traditional English Carol The First Nowell
John Francis Wade (1711-1786) O Come All Ye Faithful
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 729


Paul Blanchard Organist
Jim McCammon Clarinet
Jim Gibonney Bass Clarinet