NOËL CONCERT Premiere November 29, 2020 4:30 PM

Please join us for the premiere of the NOËL CONCERT Premiere on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020 at 4:30 PM.

We will be watching this concert together with its performers at its YouTube premiere at  You can go there now and click the bell symbol to receive a reminder notification so you don’t miss it on Sunday the 29th.

If you have ever been to this annual Advent concert in our sanctuary, you know what a treasure it is, with four outstanding performers who blend beautifully: Julie Ness, Timothy Cummings and Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane.  This excellent film by Michael Fisher makes the performance as intimate and moving as it would be if seen from the pews, if not more so.

Please share this URL with all your friends and family around the world and join the performers for the concert’s premiere on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US) as a beautiful way to enter Advent.  Thank you! See you there!

Please see the concert program listed below.

Christmas without you all in person in 2020 is so hard, but we want to spread light! Enjoy the music!
If you feel like you can spread a spark, please donate to the United Church of Strafford. Each donation will be divided between the Manheim Fund for the Arts to support future concerts and the United Church of Strafford Deacons Fund to help families in need directly in these hard times.
You can send checks made out to the United Church of Strafford, PO Box 124, Strafford, VT 05072.  Please indicate that they are for the NOËL CONCERT.  You can also make donations online for the General Fund of the church by clicking here.  If you use that option, please send an email to to indicate that your online contribution was for the concert.

Comfort, sing, listen, dear friends,
be safe, keep singing, much love,
Annemieke, Julie, Jeremiah and Tim,
United Church of Strafford, Vermont.

Performed by Julie Ness, Soprano
Timothy Cummings, Small Pipes, Whistles
Jeremiah McLane, Accordion
Annemieke McLane, Piano

“A Solis Ortus Cardine” Melody: anon. Sarum chant (medieval Britain); Text: Coelius Sedulius (Italy, c. 450), translation: J. M. Neale.

“Pifa” (Pastoral Symphony), from Messiah, G. F. Händel (1685-1759)

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”, 14th century German, anon, Th. Baker (1851-1934) German melody arranged by M. Praetorius (1561- 1621)

“L’engageante”, F. Couperin (1668-1733)

“Love at the Door”(1934) S. Barber (1910-1981)

“Corpus Christi Carol” B. Britten (1913-1976)

“Misteriou Joaius” trad. Breton/ “Nous voici dans la ville” anon.15th cent.French

“The Christ Child Lullaby”, or Tàladh Chrìosda. Trad. Hebrides (Scotland) *** Audience can join on “Alleluia”

“A Babe in Bethlehem” Oykan ayes Bethlehem, trad. Manx gaelic/“On to Bethlehem Town” Tua Bethlem Dref, trad. Welsh/ D.Evans

“In the Bleak Midwinter” C. Rossetti, G. Holst/arr. C. Courtney

“Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”, composed or adapted by Louis Bourgeois, in his Genevan Psalter, 1551 / “Christmas Is Coming”, trad. Lowland & Borders (Scotland/England)

“Priez pour paix”, 1938, Ch. d’Orleans text, F. Poulenc (1899-1963)

“Silent Night”, 1818, F.X. Gruber & J. Mohr

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