This evening should be one of the highlights of Christmas for me. It could however, thanks to this wretched flu, which is refusing to go away, turn into a bit of a DIS-AAASTER darling (apply Craig Revel-Horward voice at this point).
I’m supposed to be reading at the service of nine lessons and carols in the Augustinerkirche in the centre of Zürich this evening. The Augustiner is absolutely my favourite church in Zürich and because it belongs to the Old Catholics, a sister church of the Anglican Church, sometimes if we’re very good we get to borrow it.
It was built in 1270 and for a while after the Reformation was used as the Mint, where all the coins were produced in Zürich, before being reopened in the late 1800’s and beautifully and simply renovated about 20 years ago. The atmosphere is just amazing and the acoustics are very good too, so the choir will sound fabulous.
It’s all part of our mission to convert the Swiss to the joys of English Christmas carols sung by a really good choir…and they come in droves , they really do! Somehow there isn’t really an equivalent here and there even free mince pies and mulled wine to be had afterwards. What more could you want really?!
I shall be reading about the Angel Gabriel – which is good because there are no difficult words for me to trip over and it’s not one of the longer readings. The friend who was supposed to jump in and do it for me if my voice completely failed has now herself gone down with the flu, so stuffed full of cold remedy and cough sweets I shall just have to snuffle my way through it. Maybe people will take the opportunity to have a little shut-eye at that point! If nothing else my voice is decidedly sexier than normal!
Here’s to cold remedy and cough sweets and the possibility that the snow will keep some of the crowds away!