The Holly Bears the Crown

Imagine a Christmas before the inflatable plastic Santa was invented; before the flashing, LED-illuminated Rudolph and the fibre-optic Christmas tree. Imagine a time of fable, folklore and time-honoured custom, when stories were told by candlelight and, by the glow of the blazing Yuletide brand, those gathered in hearthside’s ease could sing a good old tune in four-part harmony, fine and full.

This Christmas The Village Quire and actor Phil Smith bring you songs and stories of mumming and wassailing, of misrule and mirth; rousing West Gallery anthems and intimate festive miniatures to melt your heart – an older Christmas, more stark, more true, glimpsed in the glimmering light of candle flames.

Running time: 2 x 45 mins (plus interval)

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Listen to the Quire at Christmas

Full tracks: Rejoice all men | While Shepherds Watched

Medley of four tracks:
Sound, Sound Your Instruments… / Shepherds Rejoice / Copper's Christmas Song / Gaudete
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Our other programmes:

•  Precious Bane
•  High Days and Holidays
•  When Adam Delved...
•  The Good Old Way
•  Know by the Stars
•  A Village Christmas

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