Happy Christmas 2023!
With the last concerts and carol services of 2023 now completed, all that now remains is the final preparations for the church services and celebrations to come over the next few days.
Being a church musician does entail working through the night (for Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve right up to lunchtime on Christmas Day itself. These services come at the culmination of the season of Advent, a time of watching and waiting, as we move from there into the season of Christmas (of which, for the church, Christmas Day is only the beginning). This day is one of the high points of the church year, and it is always nice to be able to turn from all the ‘external’ events (which are themselves enjoyable) during the run-up to Christmas, to these church festivities.
We have some fantastic music ready to contribute to the services at Great St Mary’s this year (including a rather special voluntary for Midnight…), to which I am very much looking forward. There is, of course, an added poignancy that this will be my last Christmas in Cambridge, so I am looking forward to going out on a high! You can find out more about Great St Mary’s Christmas services on this page.
Wishing a very Happy Christmas 2023 to one and all, and looking forward to everything that 2024 will bring!