Christmas Course 2020

Venue Heath St Baptist Church
Date 19/12/20
50 (whole course)
50 (per day)
Status Taking bookings
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About the course

Come and sing with us in a special, one day course at Heath St. Baptist church to celebrate Christmas. We will have some wonderfully festive music to sing from around the world and from different periods of time.

We will of course adhere to government and department of health guidance relating to Covid. We are lucky that Heath St. Baptist Church is a very large space that allows for groups of 6 to be housed in different parts of the church, facing forward, and all singing together.

Arrival and departure time will be staggered and we ask that all children bring in a packed lunch and two snacks.

Children must be aged 7+ to attend the course and is designed for treble voices of those aged between 7-13/14.

Repertoire this Christmas includes:

O Holy Night
– also known as “Cantique de Noël” is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by poet Placide Cappeau (1808–1877).

The Coventry Carol is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors.

The Little Drummer Boy is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.
Joy to the world was written in 1719 to the text by Isaac Watts

Quem pastores – A renaissance piece first published in 1551, anonymous (traditional). The Latin text is of 14th century German origin

About the venue

Heath St Baptish Church was founded in 1861. It stands halfway between Hampstead High Street and the famous Heath and only a few minutes walk from Hampstead Heath tube station.

Their openness owes much to their forebears – the Baptists of Hampstead – who, in the nineteenth century, worshipped in an upstairs room of a house on Holly Bush Hill and there in 1825 the church decided to open its Communion Service to all believers.

They owe their building not least to the generosity of James Harvey – a London merchant and deacon of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church – who, recently widowed, moved out of the city to Hampstead for the sake of his young son’s failing health. As a ‘Thank You’ to God for his son’s subsequent recovery, he bought what was then a plot of land used as a fruit and vegetable garden and set about the building of what was to become Heath Street Baptist Church.

Heath St. Baptist Church, Hampstead, NW3 1DN
Hampstead tube station