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NTU Music Christmas Highlights

Ensembles, bands and choirs took part in a variety of exciting performances in the lead up to Christmas. NTU Music look back on their successes and highlights over the festive season.

NTU Christmas Concert

NTU Music had a fantastic Christmas term, with ensembles, groups and choirs taking part in a variety of exciting performances. Here's a look back at their successes and highlights...

NTU Carol Service
All Saints Church, Monday 2 December

The season kicked off with the annual Christmas Carol Service hosted by the NTU Choir. The service opened with a performance of Coventry Carol, sung by the NTU Chamber Choir from the back of the church. Chamber Choir members then went on to join the main choir at the front of the church while the congregation sang the first hymn, O Come O Come Emanuel. The service continued with renditions of festive carols and Christmas classics interlaced with readings by members of the Church and the University. And of course it wouldn't be an NTU Carol Service without the mince pies and mulled wine, which concluded the evening!

NTU Christmas Concert
Nottingham Trent University, Thursday 4 December

Following the Carol Service, the team's next event was the NTU Christmas Concert. This was a fantastic evening full of festive tunes, stunning solos and plenty of Christmas cheer. The NTU Choirs, Concert Band and Orchestra performed their highly anticipated Christmas repertoire in the Newton Building, to a 400-strong audience.

Lord-Lieutenant's Carol Service
Southwell Minster, Friday 5 December

For members of Chamber Choir, performing at Southwell Minster is often a performance highlight of the festive season. This stunning venue offers a traditional service, a welcoming approach and beautiful acoustics. The Chamber Choir performed three pieces, including Oh Holy Night, with a solo by soprano Deborah Norman. There were also a wonderful performances by Southwell Minster Girls' Choir and Reach Choir/Voices.

Live at Lunch
Royal Concert Hall, Monday 8 December

The Royal Concert Hall's annual lunchtime series provides free events to the Nottingham community and proved to be another seasonal highlight for NTU Music. This year was an exciting stepping stone for the Chamber Choir; due to popular demand they were moved from their usual performance spot in the foyer, to the Concert Hall's main stage. The choir sang to a staggering 400-strong audience – doubling last year's attendance. It was a fantastic opportunity for the Chamber Choir to take centre stage and the experience was made more special by the welcoming atmosphere created by the wonderful audience.

Seasonal Celebration
Nottingham Trent University, Tuesday 9 December

Each year the Chamber Choir provides musical entertainment during the Vice Chancellor's annual Seasonal Celebrations evening. Held in the Newton building, this event is always enjoyable for choir members as they gather around the piano to sing some of their favourite seasonal pieces.

Christmas carols in the Market Square
Nottingham City Centre, Wednesday 10 December

The Chamber Choir set off to the Market Square for some festive carolling to raise funds for their forthcoming Easter tour to Budapest. It was fun evening spent singing well-known Christmas classics to Nottingham's late night shoppers and proved a great success; within the first hour they raised over £50 towards the trip. The choir also received some encouraging feedback about their performance, which has inspired them to do more performances over the coming year.

Institute of Directors Christmas Lunch
Nottingham Trent University, Tuesday 16 December

To conclude the Christmas season, the Chamber Choir were asked to provide musical entertainment during the Institute of Directors Christmas Lunch. In a similar style to the Seasonal Celebrations the week before, members gathered around the piano to sing some of their favourite festive tunes.

All in all, NTU Music had a hugely successful term in the lead up to Christmas, and the hard work put in by all the staff, students, the local community and the NTU Music team has certainly paid off. It was a cracking start to the academic year and with more exciting plans in the pipeline for 2015, it can only get better!

NTU Music Christmas Highlights

Published on 29 January 2015
  • Category: Culture; Music

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