Ormskirk Occasional Singers – Christmas Concert, 29 November 2019


Once again, the Ormskirk Occasional Singers, under the baton of former OPC Organist, Michael Kelsall) treated us to a memorable evening of musical delights!  Punctuated by audience-participation with seasonal hymns, the programme included a number of very familiar items, as we as some not so familiar.  This consisted of:

  • Adam lay ybounden
  • Gabriel’s Message
  • Cherry Tree Carol
  • And the Glory of the Lord (Messiah)
  • For unto Us a child is born (Messiah)
  • Angels’ Carol
  • O Holy Night (solo)
  • Angelus ad Virginem
  • Sans Day Carol
  • Star Carol
  • Up, good Christen Folk
  • Wassail
  • What Cheer
  • Rejoice and be Merry
  • Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day
  • Masters in this Hall
  • The Christmas Song
  • Jingle Bells
  • Storke Carol (duet)
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • We Wish you a Merry Christmas

What appeared to be a very long programme was entirely mitigated by the high performance quality throughout the concert.


Michael Kelsall (above) also played an organ solo; no mean feat given that his music was so tattered that each page was completely loose; a page-turner’s nightmare (as I soon discovered!).  The concert was well-supported and we look forward to future visits by the choir.


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