• Candlelight 2019
  • Every year since 1963, the Hendrix College Choir has performed its beloved Candlelight Carol Services, modeled after the Anglican service of lessons & carols of King's College (University of Cambridge, England). The service pairs an varied selection of seasonal choral pieces with nine readings from the Old and New Testaments, weaving together a narrative that begins in Garden of Eden, journeys through the prophecies in the Book of Isaiah, and culminates with the birth of Jesus. Each choral work, performed between the lesson readings, reflects on the scripture itself while also fostering a spirit of love, joy, and praise as we approach the Christmas season.

    While the scripture readings remain unchanged year to year, the music selections represent an ever growing spectrum of choral music from across the globe. In 2015, we began offering a newly commissioned choral work. This year, we are pleased to be performing yet another world premiere: Jerry Hui's arrangement of the British carol As I Sat on a Sunny Bank. Past world premieres have included works by renowned composers, including Edmund Jolliffe, Janet Wheeler, Alan MacMillan, and others. We are so pleased to offer these new pieces to the choral community, and hope you find enjoyment in hearing music that has never been performed prior to our Candlelight services.

    The offering collected each year supports the ongoing work of the Hendrix College Choir (including the commissioning of a piece from next year's services), as well as a donation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.