We are all invited to Join the Song!

The RSCM is pleased to support the Church of England’s invitation to choirs from cathedrals, churches, schools and communities to Join the Song this Christmas! The song in question is a brand new arrangement of The First Nowell by Bob Chilcott.

Listen to The First Nowell

‘The shepherds were astonished to find the night sky filled with angels singing God’s praise. And before long they were singing, too… Centuries later, singing is still central to how many of us celebrate Christmas. We invite you this Christmas to follow the star, journey to the manger, join the song and come into the presence of Jesus Christ.’ – Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell

Free resources to help choirs of all ages and stages learn and perform the carol – including a downloadable score, lyric sheet, learning videos and backing tracks – are available free from the A Church Near You’s Resource Hub for CofE churches or below for all other churches and choirs.

How your choir can get involved:

  1. 1. Commit to learning and performing the carol this Christmas
  2. 2. Let us know about it, either by tagging @churchofengland on social media, using the hashtag #jointhesong or contacting Eve Powers, the Join the Song coordinator evepowerscofe@gmail.com If you can capture video or audio from rehearsals and give us permission to share it, all the better!

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