Alex Woolf


Christmas and Asia with St John's Voices

I've made 3 Christmas arrangements for the fantastic St John's Voices! I spent an incredibly happy 3 years singing with SJV (the mixed-voice choir of St John's College, Cambridge), and I'm really excited that we'll be heading to Hong Kong and Singapore this December. This will be SJV's first tour to Asia, and it'll be centred around performances of Handel's Messiah.

I've opted for some premium festive schmaltz with my White Christmas and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire arrangements; I've also made a rather crazy medley/mash-up of a lot of carols, which (of course) I've called Mingle Bells. Who knew that Hark The Herald Angels Sing and Hark How The Bells form some moderately effective counterpoint when you superimpose them...? (Or Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells for that matter...)

We'll perform my arrangements first at SJV's Christmas Carol Service at 6pm on 28th November (Christmas comes early in Cambridge), in St John's Chapel – do come! I'm also thrilled that we'll be taking my Nunc Dimittis (part of St John's Service, which I wrote for SJV earlier this year) to Asia, performing it in Hong Kong City Hall on December 17th (details of that concert can be found by clicking here). I remain enormously grateful to Graham Walker, director of SJV, whose encouragement and championing of new repertoire in general has meant a huge amount to me.

You can listen to a complete recording of my St John's Service below, and watch this space for potential snippets of these Christmas arrangements in the coming months!