On Friday 16th December 2016 ‘Music in the Castle’s’ celebration of Christmas in Powderham Castle featured ‘Amamus Cantare’, Directed by Alison Burnett.
Their programme was delivered to our largest audience yet in the Castle’s historic and very beautiful James Wyatt Music Room.
The opening was magical as the ten singers processed in by candle light, with a breathtaking performance of Reginald Jacques ‘Away in a manger’. An air of expectation immediately ensued – and the voluminous audience was never disappointed!
The evening, a combination of serious and not so serious offerings, included a selection of songs, such as Elizabeth Poston’s ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’, Lauridsen’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium’, ‘Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow’ and Frederick Silver’s ‘The Twelve Days after Christmas’. These were intertwined with a selection of readings, including one given by the Earl & Countess of Devon and their two young children Joscelyn & Jack.
Professor George Pratt, who has been unwell for some time now, managed to attend this concert during which, the Earl of Devon presented him with an illuminated certificate confirming his appointment as the first Kapellmeister of Powderham Castle.
The evening was a great success and embraced personally by many in the audience as being their first day of Christmas.