Many of you know that our own Derek Thomas is not only an author, but also a hymn writer. He has written a Christmas carol called Stars of Heaven Glowing Softly that will be sung by Choir and Orchestra at the Tenth Presbyterian Church this Wednesday.
The Tenth Presbyterian Christmas Eve Carol Service program says: "Tenth has premiered five new carols in the last few years on texts by James Boice, Philip Ryken, and Derek Thomas. The choir will offer one of Rev. Thomas’s carols, Stars of Heaven Glowing Softly, on these two evenings. A joyful setting of the traditional West Indian carol, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, arranged by John Leavitt, will follow. In addition to the calypso rhythms, conga drum, and claves called for in the score, we are adding traditional steel drums to more fully realize the musical colors of the Caribbean islands."