The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Swansea

Music List

December 2023


Sunday 2ndDecember                   Advent Sunday

11.00am Choral Eucharist

Johann Sebastian Bach           Wachet auf, ruftuns die stimme                     Hymns: 24, 36 (t.391), 39, 31

Malcolm Archer                      Advent Wreath Prayers

John Ireland in C                                                                                             Advent Prose

Boris Ord                                 Adam lay y-bounden

Johann Gottfried Walther       Gottes Sohn ist kommen


6.00pm Advent Carol Service by Candlelight

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina         Matin & Vesper Responsories

Ralph Vaughan Williams        This is the truth

Thomas Ravenscroft               Remember, O thou man

Otto Goldschmidt                    A tender shoot

arr. Edgar Pettman                 Gabriel’s Message

Percy Buck                              The Renunciation

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault      Caprice sur les grands jeux


Tuesday 4th December

5.30pm Choral Evensong, sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir

Jeanne Demessieux                Rorate Coeli

Plainsong Responses                                                                                       Psalm 74

J.H. Arnold                               Tones & Fauxbourdons                                   Hymn 29

William Reynolds                    Christ is the morning star

Andreas Nikolaus Vetter         Nun komm, der Heiden Heila




Sunday 10thDecember                 The Second Sunday of Advent

11.00am Choral Eucharist, with Admission of Choristers

Dietrich Buxtehude     Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211                        Hymns: 26, 234, 608, 29

Malcolm Archer          Advent Wreath Prayers

Herbert Sumsion in F                                                                                      Advent Prose

Otto Goldschmidt        A tender shoot

Heinrich Buttstedt       Gottes Sohn ist kommen


4.00pm Choral Evensong

Johann Sebastian Bach           Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659                Hymns: 25, 27

Richard Ayleward Responses                                                                                      Psalm 40, 14-21

Charles Villiers Stanford in Bb

Charles Wood                         O thou, the central orb

George Dyson             Hymn Prelude:Hark the glad sound


Tuesday 12th December

6.30pm Civic Carol Celebration

Simon Mold                 Candlelight Carol




Sunday 17thDecember                 The Third Sunday of Advent

11.00am Choral Eucharist

Dietrich Buxtehude     Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn, BuxWV 192           Hymns: 27, 34, 37, 38

Malcolm Archer          Advent Wreath Prayers

Plainsong                     Missa de angelis                                                         Advent Prose

Ralph Vaughan Williams        This is the truth sent from above

C. Hubert H. Parry      Chorale Prelude on ‘Dundee’


4.00pm Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Simon Mold                                         Candlelight Carol

Boris Ord                                             Adam lay ybounden

German, arr.Michael Praetoriu         Lo, how a rose e’er blooming

Basque, arr. Edgar Pettman               The Angel Gabriel

Meirion Wynn Jones                           Mary, flower of flowers all

Harold Darke                                      In the bleak midwinter

William Reynolds                                Welcome, all wonders in one sight!(First Performance)

Johann Sebastian Bach                       In dulci jubilo, BWV 729



Sunday 24thDecember                 The Fourth Sunday of Advent- Christmas Eve

11.00am Holy Eucharist – No Choir

Dietrich Buxtehude     Mein Seele erhebt den Herren, BuxWV 204              Hymns: 35, 362, 58, 32, 63

Johann Sebastian Bach           Lob sei demallmächtigen Gott, BWV 602


4.00pm Evening Prayer (said)


11.30pm Midnight Mass for the Nativity of Our Lord (Choral, with Chamber Orchestra)

Georg Frederic Handel Overture to Messiah                        

arr. Woodward           Up! Good Christen Folk, and listen     Hymns: 56 (omit *), 69 (version 2), 76, 64, 53

Joseph Haydn              Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo

arr. Wood                    Ding, dong, merrily on high

Johann Sebastian Bach           In dulci jubilo, BWV 729



Monday 25th December                  THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD– Christmas day

10.00am Holy Eucharist, with Carols                         Hymns: 48 (omit *), 45, 62 (omit 4 & 5), 67

Dom Clement Jacob                Prélude sur l’Introït pour la fête de la NativitéPuer natusest

Louis James Lefébure-Wély    Sortie in Eb


St Mary’s Choir will then be in recess until Sunday 7th January 2024




Sunday 31st December

11.00am Holy Eucharist              The First Sunday of Christmas

Hymns: 57, 58, 64, 73