The True Saint Nicolas
Is Santa Claus real? Why is he such a big deal? The truth is that Santa is based on a historial man, a man called Nicolas who lived in the 4th century, in what is now Turkey. He was called Saint Nicolas because he was a very kind and devout Christian, who was known for one act of kindness in particular - giving gifts anonymously to a poor family.
'The True Saint Nicolas' (commissioned in 2016 by St Nicolas Church Pevensey to mark its 800th anniversary) is a 20 minute cantata for mixed voices (SATB) and Children's Choir. The concept of the cantata is a children's quest to discover the true identity of Santa Claus. The adults lead them through a series of tales about miraculous events attributed to Saint Nicolas – some of which seem less likely to be true than others! Ultimately, the children recognize a link between the generosity of Santa Claus and the character of the true Saint Nicolas.
Author: Martin Neill, Ruth Kenward
Age guide: 7 to 12
Running time: 20 mins.
No. of songs: 5
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