St Clements Church in Hastings was the setting for an evening of classical Christmas music when - 73 years to the day of its premiere - Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols was performed by an all-female choir accompanied by harp, as originally intended by the composer.
The choir was Harmony One, founded last year by musical director Debbie Warren, accompanied by harpist Vicky Lester. The programme included John Rutter’s Dancing Day, also for female voices and harp, and several medieval carols including Gaudete. They were joined by guests the Fipple Consort who, led by Chris Green, presented a medley of medieval music for recorders.
Earlier in 2015 Harmony One recorded a version of The Bare Necessities for a campaign film made by HFS to promote the provision of essential furniture and household goods for families in crisis. The concert raised over £750 for the charity.
Naomi from HFS said “We had great fun recording the Bare Necessities with the choir in the summer so we were delighted they chose us as their charity for this concert of beautiful music. The venue was packed and the performers were excellent. We were stunned by the amount collected! We’re really grateful to the choir and everyone in the audience .”