The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC held its 59th Annual Candlelight Carols service today at 4 PM.
There was an organ and instrumental Prelude (30 minutes) comprising Organ (two J.S. Bach chorale preludes), then “Il Est Ne” by Robert Leech Bedell, and “Good King Wencelas” as adapted by Virgil Fox, and “Bring a Torch Janette Isabella” as adapted by Keith Chap,man (Kevn Biggins as guest organist for these three pieces), and then a rather impressionistic sounding setting of Adeste Fideles by Sigfird Karg-Elert. There were also six carols for brass quartet adapted by Jim Lucas.
The Runnymede Singers performed “Caroling” by Alfred Burt, “Baloo Lammy” by Norman Luboff, and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” arranged by Sally Ford.
The Combined Choirs performed the major anthem "Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols" by Gustav Holst, and “The Angels’ Song” by Paul Tschennokov (which was surprisingly simple and brief).
The First Baptist Church choir performed “God Is Born Among Us” by Malcolm Archer.
Organist Lon Schreiber also played “In Dulci Jubilo” by Marcel Dupre as an offertory (for “SOME”, So Others Might Eat). Remember “Cortege and Litany”>