Carols in the Vines

SHARING XMAS: Azure Hyde (left) and Ananya Kumar at Carols in the Vines in 2015. File picture

The creamy-smooth jazz arrangement of Ray Charles take on Jingle Bells, and Victor C Johnson’s arrangement of African Noel are part of this year’s Carols in the Vines at Bushmere Estate.

Singers from the Gisborne Choral Society, and Gisborne Civic Orchestra musicians, along with Coralie Hunter on piano, will lead singing in this community event.

For some, Carols in the Vines is an introduction of a new generation to an ancient tradition, says organiser Catherine Macdonald.

The carols are grouped in subjects although the categories have changed this year.

“We start with some joyful ‘coming together’ carols such as Oh Come, All Ye Faithful, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, and Jingle Bells. We invoke the legend of Good King Wenceslas as we move into the theme of gifts, good works and peace, then barrel though The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The theme of “around the world” includes Te Harinui from Aotearoa, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, We Three Kings, and The first Noel.

For the first time, Carols in the Vines will hold a Nativity scene character competition for children. The Vines has sponsored prizes for the best Nativity scene character. A parade will end with a Nativity scene to accompany carols such as Away in a Manger (first verse to be sung by children) Silent Night, and Once in Royal David’s City.

Schoolgirl soprano Rosie West will lead the carol O Holy Night while everyone will join the Christmas joy themed selection of carols such as Ding Dong Merrily on High, O Come All ye Faithful, and finish with the rousing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Guest items include songs by a capella group Savvy, choral society singers who have been polishing up Ray Charles’ jazz arrangement of Jingle Bells and the African Noel accompanied by drumming.

Carollers are invited to bring a picnic to share with family and friends. Platters and a sausage sizzle will also be available.

Carols in the Vines, Bushmere Estate, 166 Main Road, Makaraka, December 19. Gates open 5.30pm, singing from 6.30pm. Admission $5 per adult, children free. Competition for best nativity scene costume.

The creamy-smooth jazz arrangement of Ray Charles take on Jingle Bells, and Victor C Johnson’s arrangement of African Noel are part of this year’s Carols in the Vines at Bushmere Estate.

Singers from the Gisborne Choral Society, and Gisborne Civic Orchestra musicians, along with Coralie Hunter on piano, will lead singing in this community event.

For some, Carols in the Vines is an introduction of a new generation to an ancient tradition, says organiser Catherine Macdonald.

The carols are grouped in subjects although the categories have changed this year.

“We start with some joyful ‘coming together’ carols such as Oh Come, All Ye Faithful, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, and Jingle Bells. We invoke the legend of Good King Wenceslas as we move into the theme of gifts, good works and peace, then barrel though The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The theme of “around the world” includes Te Harinui from Aotearoa, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, We Three Kings, and The first Noel.

For the first time, Carols in the Vines will hold a Nativity scene character competition for children. The Vines has sponsored prizes for the best Nativity scene character. A parade will end with a Nativity scene to accompany carols such as Away in a Manger (first verse to be sung by children) Silent Night, and Once in Royal David’s City.

Schoolgirl soprano Rosie West will lead the carol O Holy Night while everyone will join the Christmas joy themed selection of carols such as Ding Dong Merrily on High, O Come All ye Faithful, and finish with the rousing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Guest items include songs by a capella group Savvy, choral society singers who have been polishing up Ray Charles’ jazz arrangement of Jingle Bells and the African Noel accompanied by drumming.

Carollers are invited to bring a picnic to share with family and friends. Platters and a sausage sizzle will also be available.

Carols in the Vines, Bushmere Estate, 166 Main Road, Makaraka, December 19. Gates open 5.30pm, singing from 6.30pm. Admission $5 per adult, children free. Competition for best nativity scene costume.

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