.Candlelit Christmas Concert


Handel, Haydn, Corelli, Buxtehude

Saturday 4th December 2021, 7.30pm 
St. Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH
Candlelit Christmas Concert returns to Trunch, featuring this year Norfolk Camerata choir. It will be their first concert after lockdown, and with a new leader – William Falconer. An accomplished pianist and singer, he is also very well known and loved as the administrator of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival.  Norfolk Camerata is the new incarnation of the North Norfolk Chorale, a choir originally established as the North Walsham Choral Society in 1873. The Choir, exploring a wider range of music, in recent years achieved a high standard of musical performances. Recent concert programmes have included Vivaldi ‘Gloria’, Handel ‘the Messiah’, Haydn ‘Nelson Mass’.
William Falconer grew up in Buckinghamshire, and read for his degree in music at Hertford College, Oxford, where he held an organ scholarship. As a lay clerk in the choir of Norwich Cathedral, he received vocal tuition from Patricia Rozario. William occupies himself otherwise as a freelance musical administrator, singer, organist and pianist. He is the acting Musical Director of the Norfolk Camerata, accompanist to the UEA Choir, and administrator of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival.
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707). Christmas cantata ‘Das neugeborne Kindelein’
George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759).  Three sequences from ‘Messiah’
Comfort ye
Every valley
     And the glory of the Lord
Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713). Pastorale from ’Christmas Concerto’
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809). Te Deum No 2 in C major
Out of your sleep – Richard Rodney Bennett (1936 -2012)
A boy was born – Benjamin Britten  (1913 -1976)
Lute-book Lullaby – traditional, arr. Geoffrey Shaw
The Sussex Carol – traditional, arr. David Willcocks
What sweeter music – John Rutter (born 1945)
The Shepherds’ Farewell – Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)
Past three o’clock – traditional, arr. Charles Wood
Here we come a-wassailing – traditional, arr. John Rutter
The concert will take place in St. Botolph’s Church in Trunch.
With a licensed bar. Please, wear your face mask when you are taking your seat, and then you can remove them. 
It’s good practice to wear face masks all the time, except when you are eating or drinking. 

The number of places is limited. Pre-booking only. Tickets – £15.
Tickets are available by phone 01692 402 624 or at Trunch Corner Stores, cash only (N Walsham Rd, Trunch, North Walsham NR28 0PL).

All proceeds will be donated to Trunch and Swafield Church restoration projects.

THIS is MY THEATRE (Brighton)


Sunday 19th December 2021, 4pm  and  7.30pm

St. Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH

“Warms the hearts of the audience… A vivid and captivating portrayal of The Snow Queen!” – Bishop’s Stortford Independent

An imaginative and poignant adaptation! The mysterious Snow Queen was both beguiling and menacing…highly recommended.”– Sussex Local Magazine

When her friend is stolen by the cold-hearted Snow Queen, Gerda must find the strength and courage to travel across the lands to save him. An array of characters along the way will guide and aid her journey but can Gerda bring the warmth of summer back to her friend? With a lot of live music, song and characters all ages will love, this beautiful adaptation will warm hearts this Christmas!
THIS IS MY THEATRE is a Sussex based theatre company which was formed in 2016 from talented young actors and musicians. Their first production was Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, performed in 2016 at St Botolph’s Church (South Downs near Steyning). Now THIS IS MY THEATRE with great success tours all over the country and performs in historical places like medieval churches and National Trust venues.
In December 2020 THIS IS MY THEATRE brought A Christmas Carol  to Trunch and received a very enthusiastic reception.
What people said about the performance at St Botolph’s in 2020:
“It was a truly wonderful and extraordinary performance and a very clever production for such a small team of Actors. ”
“Quality of the acting and the stage production was truly awesome!“
“Such a delightful afternoons entertainment.  What a talented lot the youngsters are!”
“What a fantastic production. Did me a power of good in these gloomy times.”
The performance will take  place in  St. Botolph’s Church in Trunch. Running time 1 hour 20 minutes.
With a licensed bar. Please wear your face masks until seated.
The number of places is limited. Pre-booking only. Tickets – £15.
Tickets are available by phone (Cards) 01692 402 624 or from Trunch Corner Stores (Cash Only)  (t.01263 722072).
All proceeds wiil be donated to Trunch and Swafield Church restoration projects.


The quality of performances at St Botolph’s Church are now very high indeed, increasingly attracting audience from beyond the local vicinity.

All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to St Botolph’s Church restoration projects. The Church and community would like to thank both the audiences and the performers for their generosity. Since 1998 the concerts have raised over £20,000 towards these projects. Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for publicity.

Performers reserve the right to change their programmes from those indicated in the brochure or website. The organising team will take reasonable steps to give notice if any concert has to be postponed or cancelled. Please check this website for up to date information closer to the dates of the concert.

St Botolph's, TrunchThe proceeds from the concerts go to restoration projects at St Botolph’s, one of Norfolk’s finest churches. Musicians give their services very generously in the knowledge of that they too are contributing to the upkeep of this spiritual, architectural and acoustic gem.

In 2005 the tower was secured from splitting. In 2010 the chancel roof was repaired. In 2011 the historic organ was restored ( read about Trunch organ restoration. Cloakroom facilities were installed in 2014.

St Botolph’s ChancelYou can download the very interesting and detailed document “A history of the Chancel” which was written by the late Anne Horsefield in 2009 to satisfy a requirement of English Heritage.