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Happy Holidays

December 24, 2014 — 89 Comments

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It’s been lovely relaxing at home with family and catching up with old friends that I miss when I am up living in Glasgow.  It is also a great opportunity for me to spend a little time connecting with my friends here on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  During term time being able to read your comments and advice is so helpful and can be a real boost.  2014 has been a good year for me and I want to thank you all so much for being part of it.

I wanted to record a Christmas Carol to share with you all and pass on a little bit of love, joy and my very best wishes.  I have chosen to sing ‘The First Mercy’ by Peter Warlock, it is not as well-known as many of the carols that you hear at this time of year.  It is a lovely carol whose lyrics portray the nativity through the imagined eyes of the animals in the stable.   I do hope that you enjoy it  🙂

 

I wish peace and joy to you all and whatever you believe in, or celebrate at this time of year, may the coming days bring you good health, love and happiness.

 

Following my concert on Friday with Les Sirenes at the Mackintosh Church in Glasgow, I had the pleasure of performing alongside Troon chorus at their Christmas concert yesterday.

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Troon Old Parish Church

The concert took place at Troon Old Parish Church which the audience filled with Christmas spirit. Troon is just a 45 minute train journey from Glasgow, I had been asked to perform the Benedictus solo in the Haydn mass along with three Christmas songs by my friend Sam Prescott who is the conductor in residence.

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I Loved The Christmas Spirit

I love this time of year! Christmas spirit and sparkling lights illuminate Glasgow in the evening.  I love walking around the city with the happy bustling crowds and Christmas decorations.

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Glasgow has plenty to do and see this time of year including the Christmas market on Argyle Street which brings a wide selection of gifts, themed bars and fast food outlets bringing a European feel to the Scottish streets.

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George Square comes alive as darkness falls and the Christmas lights sparkle and twinkle. You can even put on a pair of skates and take a spin on the temporary outdoor skating rink. All the music and laughter that you hear in the square this time of year fills you with joy and hope for the New year despite the cold temperatures.