Christ & Holy Trinity's Music & Arts program will present its 10th annual festival of Christmas Lessons & Carols with arrangements by Sir David Willcocks, music director emeritus of London's King's College, Cambridge, Sunday, Dec. 16. It will be held at 5 p.m. at the church, 75 Church Lane.
Lessons & Carols, first presented in England on Christmas Eve in 1880, will be followed by a holiday reception. Both the service and reception are free; however, donations to the Music & Arts program will be accepted.
The form of Lessons & Carols best known to congregations around the world was conceived by Eric Milner-White, a former British Army chaplain, and first presented at King's College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve in 1918, according to a release. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and has continued every year since except for 1930 and has been broadcast on the overseas services of the BBC since the 1930s.
In addition to carol arrangements by Willcocks, the Westport service will include music by British composers William Walton, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Joubert and Donald Cashmore and contemporary Danish composer Niels La Cour.
The service, in the candlelit church decorated for Christmas, will follow the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with congregational carols and choir anthems, the release states.
The next Music & Arts event will feature a traditional Anglican service of Choral Evensong coupled with an organ recital on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Robert Kwan, assistant to the organist-choirmaster and a former organ scholar at St. George's, Windsor Castle in England, will be the recitalist.
The complete 2012-2013 Music & Arts season is available at www.chtwestport.org/concerts.