Setlist - 5 Dec 2021
Carol Services at Kings

Tags: carols, christmas

  • [F] Angels from the realms of glory - James Montgomery
  • [C] Joy to the world - Isaac Watts
  • [Bb] O Holy Night - Placide Cappeau, John S. Dwight, Adolphe Adam
  • [Em] We three kings - John H. Hopkins Jr
  • [C] In The Bleak Midwinter - Christina Rossetti, Gustav Holst
  • [F] Hark, the herald angels sing - Charles Wesley

Quite a different musical vibe this year. We didn't have capacity to bring together our usual choir and brass band, and I didn't want to just rerun a weaker version of our video arrangements for last year. So I gathered some musicians and we worked up folk arrangements. I think it worked pretty well!

I've always avoided 'In The Bleak Midwinter' because of the meteorological inaccuracy of the opening verse. But the final verse is incredibly helpful for Christmas response. I'd still prefer a text that doesn't leave you distracted by the fact that there probably wasn't any snow on snow, but perhaps it's unwise to cut ourselves off from the work as a whole because of that issue. I love the arrangement we came up with.

Banjo for 'We Three Kings'.

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