String Quartet Christmas Concert ‘I Saw Three Ships’

By vaughan • 11th December 2010 • Posted in: Manor House Music Concerts and recitals

String Quartet Christmas Concert ‘I Saw Three Ships’ – Last night (Friday the 10th December) the Manor House String Quartet gave our first Christmas concert of 2010 in our village church,  St Giles – Cheddington. As ever, there was a good audience of around 80 people, many of whom had seen us perform before and the atmosphere was very festive with plenty of mulled wine, mince pies, candles and a rosy pink glow from the overhead heaters.

We performed a selection of pieces, including many carols from our disc ‘I Saw Three Ships and other carols’, a few baroque items such as excerpts from Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, some arrangements of pieces from Handel’s Messiah and a handful of more upbeat, fun numbers that the audience seemed to enjoy.


During the interval, 21 audience members brought a copy of the carol disc and we donated £1 from each sale towards the appeal to restore the church bells of St Giles. A special thanks goes to the St Giles team for ringing the bells as the audience arrived before the concert – it always creates a special and unusual start to a concert.

Mulled wine and mince pies were very popular with the whole evening having a sociable, relaxed feel and many people going back for an extra glass.


We’ve just heard that after expenses, the concert raised £283.20, half of which will go towards the ‘Cherish Your Church’ campaign and half towards the bell restoration fund – so a fun evening which made a profit as well!

Our next local concert will be at St Mary’s Church, Haddenham on Friday the 17th December and will have a similar programme of upbeat and traditional Christmas music. For anyone who missed the string quartet concert at St Giles and would like to see a sneaky preview of one of the pieces, here’s a film we made yesterday afternoon of one of the carols which we’ll be playing:



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