Reading Phoenix Choir turned on the festive cheer at Reading Minster on Saturday 15th December
The weather on the Saturday afternoon was appalling – really cold with strong winds and heavy rain. The heating in the Minster was also broken down so the choir needed to keep the winter woollies on during the rehearsal. However the concern that the bad weather would put off people from coming were unfounded, in fact there were so many people arriving, the concert started ten minutes late – the Minster was packed!
The carol concert started with a typical Phoenix twist – with four choir sections dispersed around the Minster singing and walking in to the strains of ‘Es ist ein Ros entsprugen’ followed by ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ sung with the audience. The programme continued with a selection of delightful Christmas pieces and readings, plus well loved carols which the audience enthusiastically joined in. During the singing of Bob Chilcott’s wonderful ‘Christmas 1666’ you could have heard a pin drop.
We were also delighted to have both Reading MPs, Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda, supporting us and the Reading Minster Sanctuary Fund.