The Parish of St. Mark's choral presentation of "Love's Pure Light" was to a packed sanctuary. It was a lovely collaboration of parish talent. It began with the handbells and organ accompanying the choir and congregation sing "O Come All Ye Faithful". Followed by solos from our own Richard de Candole (accompanied by Rachelle Kerr on violin), Wendy Carrière, Keith Denford and a quartet with Avis Parsons, Janet Denford, Keith Denford and Bruce Huxtable.
The Cantata itself... "Love's Pure Light" by Lloyd Larson, performed by permission of Lorenz Co. was led by David Hitchcock, who not only led the choir and accompanied on the piano, but led and played the handbells. The Cantata featured soloist Barbara Hicks and violinist Rachelle Kerr performing "Do Not Be Afraid". Narrators Louise and David Kelsey did a masterful job of telling the Christmas story intertwined with the music. The choir sounded heavenly throughout each of the eight verses of the Cantata. The parish appreciates the talents of the choir, narrators, handbells and violinist for making "Love's Pure Light" a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon event.
Coffee, tea and goodies were served in the hall after and the place was packed. Many thanks to everyone who helped in the kitchen and with set up and clean up. A truly successful event to be sure. "Arise, shine, for your light has come! Let the glory of God shine upon you!"
See the performance on youtube below. It's in two parts, so watch the sidebar for the second half.