Ceremony of Carols

‘Tis the season for Christmas music, and a free offering of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols drew us to a church in Kreis 5, north of the train station.

Our friends had wanted to share some of their homemade glühwein with us before Christmas, and we had mentioned this free (with collection, always with collection) concert, so we combined the two for a fun evening. We met at the front of the Johanneskirche before the concert.


In his pouch, he carried a carafe of the hot drink, as well as plastic cups. We provided traditional Swiss Christmas cookies (prepared oh, so carefully, by the Coop). What a nice Aperó to start off the concert.


The inside of the church has beautiful wooden ceilings, and the choir (10 women) stood up above in the organ loft.


After the Britten, the choir led the audience in singing traditional Christmas carols – British, German, and English. I did not know two of the German carols, but I could easily sing along with Stille Nacht (Silent Night).

After walking out of the church, we looked back at these windows.



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