THE spirit of Christmas will be celebrated next weekend in Broughton.

Broughton Choral Society's choir is staging its highly anticipated concert in the village hall next Saturday.

The centrepiece of this year’s Christmas show is the lyrical and often ebullient St Cecilia Mass by Gounod.

The choir will be directed by Fiona Reed and will be joined by soloists Emily Norris (soprano), Ross Martin (tenor), and Steven Warnock (baritone). Accompaniment will be provided by a quartet of string players and organ, played by Jean Ritchie.

After the interval the choir will sing a wide variety of lighter pieces, including vivacious arrangements of Johnnie Cope and Air Fa La La Lo by Ken Johnston and the more soulful spiritual Down to the River to Pray and John Tavener’s elegiac The Lamb.

No Christmas concert is complete without one of John Rutter’s celebrated carols - on this occasion the Society has chosen the Candlelight Carol composed in 1985.

Completing the programme are Tchaikovsky’s famous part song The Crown of Roses and a typically jazzy recasting of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by the Borders composer James Letham.

By this stage in the evening it is expect the audience will want to join in so there will be a selection of rousing audience carols to clear out the lungs and shake off the effects of excess mulled wine.

The Christmas Concert in Broughton Village Hall on Saturday, December 9 starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 (schoolchildren free), and include mulled wine and mince pies.

Tickets are available from Broughton Village Stores, choir members, or by contacting or 07879 470 920