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Lengthy working annual Christmas live performance of organ music finds new dwelling at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Revealed 12:00 am Saturday, December 17, 2022

SALISBURY — Organist Stephen Williams has given the identical Christmas reward for over 30 years. A nationally acknowledged church musician, he started providing Organ Noëls in 1985 at First Presbyterian Church in Washington, New Jersey, whereas a pupil at Westminster Choir Faculty.

Referred to as “Christmas Day Organ Recital” for the primary three years, Organ Noëls started as a possibility to point out off a brand new organ at First Presbyterian, together with a want to play organ music that might in any other case in all probability by no means see the sunshine of day, and, most significantly to supply a musical reward to a neighborhood that simply may want a second to calm down and ponder the season. With an instantaneous recognition, it fairly naturally and simply turned an annual occasion. Along with First Presbyterian, it additionally discovered a house at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1990, Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2014, and now at St. Luke’s Episcopal in Salisbury.

It’s believed to be the longest working annual live performance of organ music on Christmas Day. Williams mentioned he “continues to be thrilled for the chance to share such great music throughout this very particular season 30-something years later.”

This system will embody preparations of acquainted seasonal tunes corresponding to “Pat a Pan,” “Greensleeves,” “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “Pleasure to the World” in addition to lesser recognized noëls from French composers of the 18th, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Williams can even lead choral and instrumental music choices for the church’s Christmas Eve Pageant at 4 p.m., Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist at 10:30 p.m. and Christmas Day Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Williams turned director of music ministries at St. Luke’s in July.

Organ Noëls will probably be introduced on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St. The live performance is free and open to the neighborhood. A scorching chocolate reception will comply with. For extra data, go to www.SLS.church, e-mail [email protected], or name 704-633-3221.


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