Christmas Cantata, 1946

On Sunday, December 22, 1946, the combined choirs of the churches of Bradley joined together for the annual Christmas Cantata, entitled “The Nativity Song.”  Perhaps a bit of historical perspective is in order.  World War II had ended 16 months earlier.  Just two days earlier, on December 20, 1946, the Christmas movie classic It’s A Wonderful Life had premiered at the Globe Theater in New York.

Shown below is the program for that cantata, with a transcription following pages two, three and four.

Cantata 1946 page 1, 250 pixels



Presented by the Combined Choirs of Bradley

at the

Baptist Church

December 22, 1946

7:30 P.M.

Prelude                                             “Silent Night”

                       Miss Hortense Hamiter


Invocation                                  Mr. Frank Cochran

Scripture                                       Miss Janet Allen

Bethlehem’s New-Born King                          Choir

Prepare Ye The Way                                       Choir

Christmas Starlight                                          Choir

                       Mrs. W. H. Baker

Out on The Stillness                            Men’s Chorus

                       Mr. Jimmie Allen

 Cantata 1946 page 3, 250 pixels

The Heavenly Song                                          Choir

God So Loved The World

                         Mrs. J. G. Allen, Jr.

O Holy Night                                              Quartette

Sing O Heavens                                                Choir

Joy Fills Our Hearts                                         Choir

                         Mr. Carol Glynn McCalman

The Quest Of The Wise Men  ———     Men’s Chorus

Hark The Bells of Christmas                                 Choir

Away In A Manger                           Mrs. G. W. Smith

Joy To The World                                                Choir

Peace And Good Will To Men                              Choir

                           Mrs. J. G. Allen, Jr.


Benediction                                       Mr. Leecy Adkins



Director                                                Mrs. J. M. Allen

Accompanist                            Miss Hortense Hamiter


Mrs. J. G. Allen, Jr.

Mrs. W. H. Baker

Miss Grace Cochran

Mrs. Cleo Cochran

Miss Jeanettaline Templeton

Mrs. George Davis

Mrs. G. W. Smith

Miss Faye Smeltzer


Lucy Short

Miss Merna Kennedy

Mrs. Lucille Starling

Mrs. Carl Baker

Miss Sally Allen


Mr. N. H. Taylor

Mr. G. M. Mason


Mr. Carol Glynn McCalman

Mr. Jimmie Allen

Rev. G. W. Smith

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