Traditional English Carols

December 10, 2021

 

You would be forgiven for thinking that the standard Christmas carols you have sung since childhood are all the carols that exist. What surprises many people is that there is a long and rich heritage of people still singing Christmas carols from their own particular part of the country, which are now largely unknown. However, in recent years there has been a gradual revival of some of the old carols, perhaps even the beginnings of a renaissance. In this recording of a live talk held on December 10th 2021, Anne Gregson uncovers the archaeological layers in the history of English Christmas carols and comes to some perhaps surprising conclusions.

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