Trinity Church Sunday School Children Christmas Festival

Event Information

Trinity Church

Price: Free Admission

Event Type:

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
7 August 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

24 Dec 1862, 3:00 PM

Program Details

Christmas Festival of the Sunday School Children of Trinity Church

Choir of 300 Children; bells

"Unidentified Christmas carol" written expressly for the occasion (choir)

All works without listed participants were performed by "bells".

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Wade
aka Stille Nacht gwv145
Composer(s): Gruber
aka Irby
Composer(s): Gauntlett


Announcement: New York Post, 24 December 1862, 2.
Review: New York Herald, 25 December 1862, 5.

Lyrics to the first part of the “Unidentified Christmas Carol written expressly for the occasion” are given: “Again the hour is pealing / When Jesus left the sky / All worlds before him kneeling / For man to bleed and die.  Chorus: Ring – bells – ring sweetly ever / ‘till Christ shall come again / And from the graves deliver / His saints with him to reign.”  “A large and fashionable audience . . . ’Adeste fideles’ [was] executed in a very laudable manner. . . .

          During the singing of the [‘Unidentified Christmas Carol’], the bells of Trinity took up the refrain of the chorus outside, producing a fine effect. . . .

         ‘The Christmas Tree,’ composed by Rev. Dr. Ogleby for the occasion, was then sung. . . .

         During the afternoon, the chimes of old Trinity played . . . tunes upon the bells, producing a magnificent effect.”