Mark & Helen Johnson - Off To Bethlehem

Sunday 1st December 1996
Mark & Helen Johnson - Off To Bethlehem

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Mary Brows

Mark and Helen Johnson scored a 'hit' with this nativity musical in 1990 and it continues to enthral primary school children, teachers, parents and church children's groups around the UK. The teacher-friendly package offers a songbook with comprehensive piano arrangements, simple percussion parts, lyric sheets for photocopying, easy-to-follow stage directions, ideas for costumes and props and tips for teachers, plus a professionally recorded cassette with a full performance on side A using middle school children's voices; side B is a top quality backing track to sing along to (useful for non-musicians). Especially for 5-11 year olds, the nine modern, catchy songs vary from up tempo to reflective, from pomp to enthusiasm. My favourite is "A Star A Stable And Me". The message of Christmas comes over very powerfully. If you are looking for an original nativity for Christmas, look no further!

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