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    Default Favourite Christmas Carols

    Do you have any particular favourite Christmas Carols? Having sung in a church choir for most of my life you would think it maybe easy to get sick of singing carols each Christmas, but the trick, as with all music, is surely to keep coming up with new and perhaps slightly less well known material, and there are 100's of wonderful carols in the English choral tradition which are truly beautiful but are rarely sung.

    Here are some of my absolute favourites, perhaps not as well known as the most traditional favourites, but I hope you will agree all the more special as a result.

    All these are sung here by the sublime choir of King's College, Cambridge at their Nine Lessons and Carols service.

    Peter Warlock - Bethlehem Down
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=yefnj5kvJTw

    Elizabeth Poston - Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm3fZDZxiko

    The Angel Gabriel (Old Basque Tune)
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xKQIom...eature=related

    Walford Davies - God Be in my Head
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Qif2rfBmcTA

    John Gardner - Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3DX4tu7DkE

    Also, a lovely performance here of Harold Darke's setting of In the Bleak Midwinter, sung by the choristers of Lichfield Cathedral.
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S01sjiXzpLk

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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    the Coventry Carol.
    Thanks for the chance to add that!
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    Any of the original compositions of John Rutter. As an accompanist, they are always pure delight to play, and when sung well, even more delightful for the listener.

    Other favorite Christmas carols that we use in church:
    O Come, All Ye Faithful
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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    If you love vocals, you will love this..all of it. It is one of my favorite christmas discs, completely a capella.

    The Singers Unlimited.

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Sing.../dp/B0000046J8


    sample:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWST2Vkt6Cw

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    Singers Unlimited! If I remember correctly they never did a live gig ever but the records were always big hits due to the incredible accuracy and complexity of the 'performances'.
    I miss that ultra glossy vocal sound, and for anyone who hasn't heard then I strongly recommend that they do so.
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    I like Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to The World, songs like that.
    The ones I can't stand is the 12 days of Christmas. It seems to get over rated.
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    im a huge fan of medieval christmas music, and anything in minor...not sure why, but maybe it's the paradox of a minor christmas carol that interests me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodistgirl View Post
    I like Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to The World, songs like that.The ones I can't stand is the 12 days of Christmas.* It seems to get over rated.judy tooley
    Silent Night ( Stille Nicht ) , Nut Cracker March

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    Does Messiah count?? No? OK, then, "O Holy Night" was always one of my favorites.

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    That was lovely, thank you. I really enjoyed it.


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    Dear god! NONE!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marval View Post
    That was lovely, thank you. I really enjoyed it.
    My pleasure

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    Oh man, I love Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum's rendition of Jesu, Son Most Sweet and Dear...It's amaaaazzing. Phyllis Noble's alto solo is so haunting, and it makes me feel like as an alto, I have hope...LOL. It is really hard to find a stream though, it's not on youtube either. But if you can even find an Amazon 30 sec snippet you can hear the awesomeness...
    Last edited by guitargeekette; Dec-05-2009 at 21:11. Reason: Forgot something...

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