First concert


On Friday evening December 19, 2014 about 140 people attended the first concert of the Willibord Chamber Choir. The response was enthusiastic and the choir was asked to organize a Festival of lessons and carols again by december 2015. The program included traditional English Christmas motets interspersed with Dutch readings. Ingrid Corvers acted as lecturer and Gert Muts accompanied the choir as organist. After the concert there was the opportunity to talk about the performance and other matters while drinking glühwein and hot chocolate. To get an impression of the festival, please click here.

Inter alia the following carols and hymns were performed during this festival:

- Once in royal David’s city (choir and part-song), melody by Henry Gauntlett (1805-1876), v. 1-5 harmonized by Arthur Henry Mann (1850-1929), v. 6 arranged by David Willcocks (*1919)

- A great and mighty wonder (choir and part-song), text by St. Germanus (634-734), German melody (14th century), harmonized by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

- Adam lay ybounden (choir a capella), text 15th century, melody by Boris Ord (1897-1961)

- It came upon the midnight clear (choir and part-song), text by Edmund Sears (1810-1876), melody by Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), descant by David Hill (*1957)

- O come, O come, Emmanuel (choir and part-song), text 18th century, French melody (15th century), arranged by David Willcocks

- God rest you merry, gentlemen (choir and organ), English, author unknown, arranged by David Willcocks

- Gabriel’s message (choir a capella), Basque, text by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), arranged by David Willcocks

- The three kings (solo, choir and organ), text and melody by Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), arranged by Ivor Atkins (1869-1953)

- O come, all ye faithful (Adeste fidelis) (choir and part-song), text and melody by John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), arranged by David Willcocks

- Hark! The herald-angels sing (choir and part-song), text by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) a.o., melody by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), v. 3 arranged by David Willcocks


About the performers

Gert Muts (1942) already developed at a very young age his musical talent on a harmonium, which his father had bought for him. From the age of eight he received organ lessons from Maarten Kooy. He continued his studies at the Utrecht Conservatory where among other Stoffel van Viegen and Cor Kee were his teachers. In 1964 he completed his education cum laude. That same year he was in Bolsward winner of the National Improvisation Competition for organists.

As a musician Gert gave many organ concerts in the Netherlands, inter alia with some regularity on the organs of the Old Church (Oude Kerk) in Amsterdam. At the Utrecht Conservatory he has been a teacher in music theory. He is a frequently asked accompanist for choirs, and is the resident organist of the Wilhelmina Church in his hometown Soest. There he too acted as conductor of the Wilhelmina Church Choir. In everyday life Gert also worked as a retailer and demolisher of used engines.

Ingrid Corvers (1960) studied (ortho) pedagogy at the Utrecht University. She switched to a career in the media and since 1991 she is one of the regular presenters at Radio M Utrecht. For over 18 years she was also the resident voice of Classic FM. In addition Ingrid records corporate films and commercials. Furthermore she loves to combine lyrics with music with her voice: for example, as a narrator she takes part in OperaUtrecht.


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