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HART Christmas Carol Service

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St Cyprian's Clarence Gate

Glentworth Street

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NW1 6AX

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The HART Christmas Carol Service is an annual celebration featuring music from around the world.

There will be a selection of carols and readings during the Service followed by artists from around the world performing traditional Christmas songs.

Featuring The Armenian Komitas Choir and the Ugandan Acholi London Choir plus another act TBC.

Minced pies and mulled wine will be served during the interval. Christmas cards and other gifts will be available to purchase.

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Ugandan Acholi London Choir, the Acholi London Christian Fellowship Choir was formed to transform the lives of poor, hard to reach, neglected, traumatised children and communities in the UK and in communities such as Northern Uganda through active participation and advancement in music. Their aim is to establish grounds for reconciliation and love for one another through music and advocate for the well-being of children and communities in an oppressive and neglected environment.

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The Komitas Choir was formed in 2013 in London under the auspices of the long-established Tekeyan Trust (registered charity) and Tekeyan Cultural Association of London (established 1975) with Mr Vartan Ouzounian’s tireless efforts and key role at the governing boards of all these organisations. During this time it has had 9 public performances, including a major one dedicated to the 145th anniversary of Komitas – see below - and one in Wales. Currently it has about 15 permanent members. Since February this year the choir has been led by the experienced Mr Grigor Najaryan as its new artistic director. It has weekly rehearsals and new members are always welcome (including non-Armenians, of course!).

The choir is named after the founder of Armenian classical music Komitas (a celibate priest, Soghomon Soghomonian, b. 1869 in Western Armenia, Ottoman Turkey, d. in a mental institution in Paris, 1936 - the sole survivor amongst hundreds of Armenian thinkers, professionals and intellectuals who were arrested by Ottoman authorities on 24th April 1915, the outset of the Armenian Genocide). He is sometimes referred to as the Armenian Bach, due to his heavenly liturgical compositions, while more generally he is compared to Bella Bartok because of the thousands of folk songs that he collected and composed for choir and orchestra.

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The Saint Martin Singers with their conductor Charles Talbot are now celebrating their 75th anniversary year. They owe their origin to a few firewatchers at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields during the Second World War who made music together on the quieter nights. Their successors still meet regularly for rehearsal, now at the neighbouring church of St Giles-in-the-Fields. The Saint Martin Singers perform, on average, 4 - 6 concerts a year in London and elsewhere in England, in aid of charitable causes. Visit their website.

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