One of New Zealand’s most highly regarded organists, Dr John Wells, will play at a carol service in Snells Beach this Christmas.
Snells Beach Baptist Church will hold its third annual carol service on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm.
The service will comprise a mixture of Bible readings and traditional carols in a format popularised by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, England.
Organisers say the service is an opportunity to hear the Christmas story in a fresh and vibrant way.
The speaker will be Pastor Maurice Milmine and Bible passages about the story of Jesus’ birth will be read by members of the church community.
Dr Wells is among the distinguished organists who has played for the King’s College services and is one of New Zealand’s most respected and widely travelled musicians.
He received his doctorate in organ performance with high distinction from Indiana University.
His performances are regularly broadcast on New Zealand radio, and he has recorded seven CDs.
Dr Wells, who lives at Algies Bay, maintains a busy schedule as a performer, composer and teacher.
Admission is free.