17th December 2014
Langham Street, London W1W 7AW
The Wintershall Nativity
This is what Christmas is all about: having fought their way through the mayhem that is Oxford Circus of a December evening [can’t think what that might be about…] and finding no room at BBC Broadcasting House, the understandably stressed and exhausted Joseph and his heavily pregnant virgin wife Mary take themselves across the road to the historic All Souls Church [you’d have thought they might have gone there first…], presently to be joined by some wise men, guided there by the Archangel Gabriel, perched precariously on the church roof. And all is made well inside [ticket holders only, I’m afraid].
This is the celebrated Wintershall Nativity, created by millionaire evangelist Peter Hutley in 1990 as a small theatrical event in a barn (naturally) on his Estate in Surrey, and it’s become so popular that the event now takes place over several days and thousands come for the experience.
It also, for some reason, had a couple of airings in central London, utilising the spanking newly refurbished Broadcasting House entranceway (recently a witness to these three wise men in the excellent W1 series) and continuing in the local church (which is even older and more venerable than the BBC).
This probably wasn’t the music played to accompany the Holy birth reconstruction, but it’s suitable enough for the time of year…