On Monday 6 December, Mosaic Choir carolled in many different languages and traditions at the Orthodox Cathedral of St Andrew in Kentish Town, London, to celebrate St Nicholas and the Nativity of Christ.
Anna Conomos, accomplished storyteller, shared some of the stories of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, and the choir sang carols in English, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Bulgarian, French and Latin!
The Cathedral switched on the Livestream and we were joined by people all over the UK, and even from Canada and Australia! You can still watch the livestream version at https://youtu.be/GkBV9lTNU_g and we hope to have some close up videos on our YouTube channel soon.
The audience was very appreciative and incredibly generous and we have a total of £750 as the collection. The Monastery of St John the Baptist in Essex has thanked everyone for their generosity and love, but has requested that the sum be donated to another cause. By agreement of all, the collection will be divided between three other wonderful monastic communities:
Monastery of St Antony & St Cuthbert, Shropshire, England
Monastery of All Celtic Saints, Mull, Scotland
Monastery of the Lifegiving Spring, Shannonbridge, Ireland
On Friday the 16th of December the Mosaic Choir brought the spirit of Christmas to North London with a beautifully executed and uplifting performance of traditional Christmas songs and Carols from Greece, Russia, Romania, Serbia and other places around the world, spreading the joy of Christmas. Voices were wonderfully balanced and blended, often accompanied by folksy recorder pieces masterfully played by Rebecca Vucetic. Story teller, Anna Conomos, gave helpful introductions telling the story of the song and the meaning behind the words.
The choir performed a full range of music from peaceful hymns to foot tapping Balkan carols, rounded off with a stunning encore of Gaudete, sung with wonderful dynamics from sotto voce to a rousing final chorus. The choir were warmly received with a standing ovation and loud applause – it really added a bit of warmth to a cold winter night.
They were hosted by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and the concert was attended by Bishop Chrysostom of Kyanea and introduced by Priest Kristian Akselburg – who warmly thanked the choir. At the end a charity collection was held – the proceeds to be shared between charities supported by the Fellowship and also the Cathedral’s Christmas almsgiving.
Here is a brief taste of the concert through some amateur videos.
Come to a Carol Concert with a difference! Experience a concert with a true international flavour which will have some familiar favourites but also a real international and folk feel, with carols from Romania, Greece, Ukraine, France and other countries, too.
The Mosaic Choir was formed under the umbrella of the Fellowship of Saint John the Baptist and is made up of Orthodox people from a variety of backgrounds: cradle Orthodox and converts, and from countries all over the world!
We also sing liturgical Christmas music from different traditions, during what will be a very relaxed evening.
If you’re in London and want a unique musical experience for Christmas come along and tell your friends!
Sunday 13 December, 7:30pm, Free entry with retiring collection