URMSTON Choral Society will be ringing the changes when they perform “A Little Jazz Mass” by Bob Chilcott as part of their Christmas spectacular this year.

Joined by the Jacqui Podoski Jazz Band, the mass embraces a variety of light-hearted jazz styles which bring a different facet to religious music.

Complementing the contemporary pieces, will be traditional and modern Christmas music including favourites such as Silent Night sung in German, The Star Carol and a modern version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The first concert will be held at St. Monica’s Church in Irlam Road, Flixton, on Wednesday, December 9 where St. Monica’s School Choir will also perform.

The second concert will take place at St. Werburgh’s Church in Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, on Saturday, December 12, both events starting at 7.30pm.

Urmston Choral’s musical director, Julie Parker, said: “This concert is a new departure from the usual Christmas music we perform but one which we think our audience will really appreciate and enjoy. While we’re retaining some of those special songs which choirs have sung for centuries, we’re also including pieces which put a new slant on old favourites.”

Tickets priced at £8, £6 (concessions) and £2 (students/children) are available from Maxine Summers, Tel: 0161 748 0903 – further information from the choir’s website: www.urmstonchoral.org.uk