Anyone who has ever sung in a choir at Christmas time will probably know the Carols For Choirs series. The first one was published 50 years ago and contains 50 carols.

In festive celebration and as a fund-raiser, the Reading Bach Choir organised a marathon carol-sing. There was a workshop in the morning for those who were interested in rehearsing some of the lesser-known items and then a marathon sing in the afternoon, designed to sing every carol in the book.

The Minster Boy’s Choir came along to sing three items and there were two other small groups who added to the variety and helped to give everyone else a brief rest. Tea and mince pies were consumed, old friends made contact again and the music was directed by the choir’s own Matthew Hamilton who led the whole day with great musicianship and good humour, ably accompanied by Chris Cipkin on organ and piano.

The Reading Bach Choir are performing the Rachmaninov Vespers in Goring on February 4 and at the Minster church in Reading on February 11.

The Henley Standard, 19 December 2011