NMMA Music
Advent Carol Service
Advent Choir

When & Where

27 November
3.00 pm

St James the Elder



In anticipation of the formal institution for the North Monmouthshire Ministry Area in January 2023, an Advent carol service is being organised in St James the Elder, Llanvetherine, with a choir drawn from parishes of the forthcoming ministry area, on Sunday 27 November during the afternoon**.

This page sets out information about this Advent Choir and how to be part of it.

Read more about the NMMA and its music HERE

**During the time of this project, sunset will be about 4.10 pm, with darkness settling in somewhere about 4.30 - 4.45. This means that the rehearsals and service will end and people will be able to get home during daylight hours.


Membership of the choir is open to all interested singers.

Singing with the choir carries no implication of further committment. This is a self contained project and once done and dusted, that's it. You will be kept informed of other similar projects, but not with an expectation that you will participate.

It is NOT expected that singers will be able to sight read music. The pieces chosen will allow for a range of musical abilities and, for those who want to use them, downloadable rehearsal tracks will be available.

This choral project will be led by Philip Norman


Hark! a Herald Voice is Calling

Hark the Glad Sound

Hills of the North, Rejoice

On Jordan's Bank

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Long Ago, Prophets Knew

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

It won't be necessary for singers to download and print the music themselves. Books will be provided.


Please remember, via the Downloads section (just below) rehearsal tracks will be available from the beginning of November so, if you wish, you can practise the music in your own time at home.


You can preview the music HERE.

ALERT!!!!!! This section was updated on Monday 14 November. There are changes. Please read.

The registrations received so far will not produce a balanced choir in the set-up originally envisaged. So, to make sure that no one part is over stretched, the music has been re-arranged into two parts. This has been a complete rearrangement so that, although only in two parts, the harmony is complete. These two parts are designated upper (sopranos and tenors singing in their own octave) and altos and basses (also singing in their own octave.

These new arrangements also give additional flexibility for singers who are new to choral singing. If such singers would prefer to learn and perfect the melodies only, rather than having to learn other notes as well, this is an option open to them.

Below are voice-diffentiated rehearsal tracks for the choral pieces. They are in MP3 format, which means that you can download them on to the device of your choice and listen to them at any time.

They are electonically generated, so they are far from musical in effect, but they do accurately show the contours of each part.


Nothing - it's all free. HOWEVER!!! For our rehearsals, churches are going to be lit and heated - so at the end of the 26 November rehearsal a collection will be taken to cover these costs.

Last Date for Registration

There is no actual last date - we can accept new singers right up to 2.00 pm on Saturday 26 November.

However, music has to be collated and printed. To make sure that everything is ready for the first rehearsal (19 Nov), please, if possible, register

as soon as possible.

Click HERE to register.


Philip Norman
01873 590 055
07939 064 247



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