Christmas Past, Present, and Future: The Sounds of Christmas in our Historic Churches

05 Dec 2022

Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) and Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) were excited last Thursday, 1st December 2022, to host Christmas Past, Present, and Future: The Sounds of Christmas in our Historic Churches; a unique Christmas Carol Concert hosted by Zeb Soanes, which explored the nature of traditional and modern carols and their symbolism within historic churches in a unique narrative combining words, live choral music, and participative song.

Following a successful partnership for the virtual event The Big Christmas Carol Service in December 2020, RSCM and CCT once again teamed up to host another unique and exciting collaboration, showcasing the continued importance of church buildings, engaging in the history of congregational singing, and exploring the living tradition of carols.

Classic FM presenter, concert host, and author Zeb Soanes brought to life the tale of these intertwined histories. About the event, Zeb Soanes said:

“It is a real pleasure to work with both RSCM and CCT. Having grown up in Suffolk and Norfolk, the counties with the most churches in the UK, I am well aware of the vital work these charities undertake in preserving both the fabric of these historic treasures and filling them with musical and spiritual breath.”

Though the event has already taken place you can still watch it virtually, a digital recording of the event will also be made available, providing those who are unable to join in person or those who simply wish to relive the evening with the opportunity to listen, learn, and enjoy the event online from 14 December at 7 pm at the very reasonable price of £5. All sale proceeds will be split evenly between CCT and RSCM to contribute to the vital work of each charity. You can purchase the virtual event here.

Greg Pickup, Chief Executive of CCT said:

“Few things bring life and joy to a historic church quite like the sound of Christmas carols. We were delighted to once again be joining forces with the Royal School of Church Music for this unique festive event. I look forward to welcoming everyone to an entertaining evening of music and discovery as we celebrate how Christmas music has reverberated through the centuries in our wonderful historic churches”.

Hugh Morris, Director of RSCM, said:

“It is really exciting to be offering a completely fresh take on a Christmas Concert. Beautiful words and beautiful music combine to enable us to look at Christmas past, present and future; and to celebrate how both RSCM and CCT are part of a living heritage, supporting churches, communities, and worship.”


Image credit: Joseph Casey