The 70th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring three Birmingham-Southern College choirs, will be presented Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook.
This Birmingham-Southern tradition, begun at the former McCoy Methodist Church near the college campus, will include traditional Christmas carols and seasonal selections by both classical and contemporary composers.Performing will be BSC’s Concert and Alumni choirs, under the direction of Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Lester Seigel, and the Southern Chorale, conducted by Professor of Music David Smith. Professor of Music James Cook will be the organist. A selection of French Noël settings, performed by organ students of Cook, will precede both services for those who arrive early.
Choral works will include carols from many national traditions, including an extended excerpt from Benjamin Britten’s monumental work A Boy Was Born; an original arrangement by Seigel; and works by David Conte, Ned Rorem, Mendelssohn, and Renaissance composer Josquin Deprez.
The services are open to the public, and admission is free. A nursery will be provided at the Sunday service. For nursery reservations, please call 205/874-1546.