from the Wokingham Times, December 2000
Wokingham Choral Society's Advent Carol Concert is always a happy occasion.
This is not to say the choir approached the occasion in a relaxed way – their conductor, Edward Gardner would never allow that!
They had prepared their singing meticulously and the result was a concert of the highest standard.
The programme consisted of an interesting mix of songs, including "Lully, Lulla", and Boris Ord's "Adam Lay Ybounden", both of which called for a pure, plainsong style.
Willcocks' arrangemnt of "The Cherry Tree Carol" was sung with a jaunty, flowing gladness.
There was William Mathias' "Sir Christemas", with its crisp, striking rhythm, Peter Warlock's calm, smooth "Bethlehem Down", and Wrights ingenious harmonies in "Silent Night".
"Away in a Manger" was charmingly sing by the little children in the audience to the gentle hum of the choir. Of course, this was the high spot of the show.
Paddy Haycocks read an interesting and amusing selection of readings with sensitivity and wit.
They ranged from Marriott Edgar's "Old Sam's Christmas Pudding" to Isaiah LX.
Running through them was a sad thread of regret that so many people have lost sight of the real Christmas.
There was a collection in aid of Daisy's Dream – a support service for bereaved children in Berkshire.
It was a lovely concert—in aid of a worthy Christmas charity.