Music fills mountain air and Christmas spirits at Glenbrook

17/01/2012

Christmas at St Finbar's Glenbrook News Story
Photo: Geoff Shalala

By Peter Grant

Paraphrasing the words of Henry R Bramley, "what soul inspiring music thrilled through the mountain air? What sounds of heavenly sweetness dispelled all doubt and care?"

Sunday 18 December was the occasion of the 16th Music and Readings for Christmas service at St Finbar's Catholic Church, Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains.

As usual, St Finbar's was overflowing with people from near and far who have come to regard this annual event as the start of the Christmas season.

The carol service, directed by Robert Ampt, was led by a choir consisting of the Central Coast Lutheran Church Choir (Greta Fortmann – Director), Martin Luther Church Choir (Robert Ampt – Director), Penrith City Choir (Lucy McAlary - Director) and the Warrimoo Chorale (Brian Eggert - Director); the Penrith Symphony Brass and Timpani and Amy Johansen who, as always, made the wonderful Hele pipe organ sing.

Soloists were Cheryl Priest - Soprano, Michael Francis - Tenor and Owen Torr - Harp. St Finbar’s Children’s Choir (Mary Lopez – Director) delighted the assembly with two lovely carols featuring Emily Ampt - Girl Soprano with sisters Bernadette and Anna Hortense; and Matthew Phillips - Boy Soprano. The texts were read by members of the St Finbar’s Readers Ministry.

Last, but certainly not least, the assembled people sang with great enthusiasm and made the carols ring out the Christmas message once again, "Joy to the world, the Lord is come".


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