Payn’s Cherished Holiday Tradition

For most of us, the holiday season has a unique and cherished place in our hearts. For me, SVC’s  Winter Concert is a continuation of a Christmas performance tradition that dates back to the 70’s, when I started my career as a music professional. It’s a heritage I deeply treasure.

Candlelight Christmas also gives me a chance to reunite with several talented colleagues I’ve worked with in the past. David Cover (organ), Elizabeth Asmus (harp),  Emily Martin-Moberley (soprano), David Reier (handbell director), Carlos Kearns (reader) and John Dromozos (officiant) will all make guest appearances.

Our program is a special adaption of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, first sung in Cambridge, England in 1918. The tradition features nine Bible readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas Carols, hymns and choral music.

Like me, the SVC singers have embraced this concert. We have a wonderful, full, rich ensemble for this holiday event, and the consensus seems to be…

“I just LOVE this music!”

What makes Christmas so special to you? IIf it includes fellowship, the warm ambiance of candlelight, beautiful holiday decorations, and singing traditional carols, our upcoming event is sure to strike home. And if past holiday performances are any indication, you’ll leave the church thinking…

“Wow…now I’m really ready for Christmas!”

Please join us in what promises to be a most memorable event.



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