Somerset's Christmas Concerts and Carol Services

If you enjoy singing, then this is the time of <br/>year for you, as choirs come out in force and lead the way

In Bridgwater, the Arts Centre will be holding an event entitled Songs of Frost and Fire on 10 December. Spend an enjoyable evening listening to Burnham and Highbridge Band at the Princess Hall, on 19 December at 7.45pm. 01278 641278A Dickens of a Christmas is the family entertainment on offer at St Michael’s Church, Brent Knoll on 18 December, 7.30pm.For ‘all creatures great and small’ there is a Christmas Blessing Service at Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard on 1 December at 6.30pm.Crewkerne United Dramatic & Operative Society (CUDOS) will stage a Christmas Concert at Victoria Hall on 3 & 4 December. Tickets: 01460 74380.Langport Community Choir are singing at St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice Carol Service at All Saints in Langport on 9 December.A harp recital in the Court House in Martock at 7.30pm on 3 December offers you the chance to dress up and enjoy a performance by Elizabeth Jane Baldry.Portishead Choral Society are performing Handel’s Messiah in Portishead United Reformed Church on 18 December.Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet presents a Candlelit Carol Charity Evening on 22 December;kilvercourt.comThe Somerton Festival Band hold their Christmas Concert in St Michael’s and all Angels Church on 8 December, 7.30pm. The Mid Wessex Singers’ Christmas Concert takes place at the church on 11 December at 7.30pm. Tickets: 01935 840248.Young musicians bring a mixed concert of styles to the Centre of Somerset Music Club’s Christmas Concert at Strode Theatre, Street on 10 December at 7.30pm.The Locrian Ensemble perform Carols by Candlelight on 15 December at the Brewhouse, Taunton.Well-known local musician Elizabeth Hayley conducts Wellington Choral Society in Handel’s Messiah at St John’s Church, 27 November at 7.30pm. 01823 400964. Acclaimed pianist Roger Woodward performs at Wellington School on 21 December. 01823 401454.The Chameleon Baroque Orchestra join Wells Cathedral Oratorio for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Wells Cathedral on 4 December, 7pm. 01749 672773.West Brass’s Christmas Concert is at the Winter-gardens, Weston-super-Mare on 12 December at 3pm. 01934 417117Wincanton Choral Society starts its 21st year with a Winter Concert featuring excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Wincanton Sports Centre on 12 December. 01749 813899.The Wiveliscombe Community Choir stage a seasonal concert at the Congregational Church Chapel on 11 December starting at 7.30pm.Yeovil Concert Band will play at East Coker Village Hall in aid of Yeovil Heartbeat on 5 December at 7pm. Tickets on the door.Carol Services & Children’s ServicesBATHBath Cats and Dogs Home: Carol Concert, 5 December, 6pm. bcdh.co.ukBRIDGWATERSt Mary’s Church: Christingle Service, 19 December, 4pmA Town Candlelit Carol Service, 21 December, 7.30pmCHARDSt Mary’s Church: All Age Nativity Service, 19 December, 10am; Community Carol Service, 20 December, 7pm The Church of The Good Shepherd: Midnight Mass, 24 December, 11.30pm; Sung Mass, 25 December, 9.45am CREWKERNEBaptist Church: Carol Service at Henhayes Centre, 12 December, 6.30pm Community Church: Carol Service, 19 December, 4.30pm Methodist Church: Carol Service, 19 December, 6.30pmGLASTONBURYChalice Well: A Winter Solstice Ceremony and Carols, 21 December, 2pmUnited Reformed Church: Christingle, 12 December, 4pm and a display of art work inspired by carols from 11 to 19 DecemberILMINSTERMarket Square: A united Carol Service with Ilminster churches, 12 December, 10.30am St Mary’s Church: Civic Carol Service, 19 December, 6pmLANGPORTThe United Reformed Church: A Candlelit Carol Service, 19 December, 6.30pmMARTOCKAll Saints’ Church: Christingle Service, 5 December, 4pm; Nine Lessons and Carols, 19 December, 6.30pm. Martock Christian Fellowship: Carol Service, 19 December, 6.30pmSTREETThe United Reformed Church: Crib Service, 24 December, 5.30pmSOMERTONSt Michael and All Angels: Parish Carol Service, 22 December, 7pm Life Church: Family Nativity & Carol Service, 19 December, 6pmWEDMORESt Mary’s Church: Crib Service and Carols around the tree at 6pm prior to Wedmore by Lamplight on 8 December; Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 19 December, 6.30pmWIVELISCOMBECongregational Church Chapel: Carol Service, 19 December, 6pmBATH ABBEY11 December: Shoppers’ Carols 2pm; Boys’ Choir Christmas Concert 7pm18 December: Girls’ Choir Christmas Concert, 7pm19 December: Family Carol Service, 3.30pm and 5pm24 December: Carol Praise, 4pm24 December: Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, 7pm01225 422462; bathabbey.orgBRISTOL CATHEDRAL10 & 11 December: Emerald Ensemble – Handel’s Messiah, 7.30pm* 14 December: Lunchtime Recital – Music for Christmas, 1.15pm14 & 15 December: Bristol Cathedral Concert Choir: Carols and Music for Christmas, 7.30pm*17 December: Carols by Candlelight, 7.30pm*19 December: Family Carols for Christmas, 3.30pm24 December: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 3.30pm; Midnight Eucharist, 11.30pm25 December: Festival Eucharist with Orchestra, 10am; Evening Prayer at the Crib 3.30pm All concerts marked with an asterisk require tickets: 0117 926 4879BRISTOL, ST GEORGE’S17 & 18 December: Bristol Bach Choir, 7.30pmFor tickets (�10-�20) call 0117 214 0721WELLS CATHEDRAL11 December: Sing for Somerset Carol Service in aid of the SCF, 7pm. ellie.anderson@somersetcf.org.uk13 December: Medieval Carols from Opus Anglicanum, 7.30pm. 01749 672773, opus-a.co.uk.20 & 21 December: Carols and Christmas music by candlelight with Wells Cathedral Choir, 7pm. Tickets: 01749 67277323 December: Cathedral Carol Service, 6pm24 December: Crib Service, 2pm and 3pm25 December: Holy Communion, 8am; Christmas Day Eucharist, 9.45am; Sung Matins, 11.30am

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