classical music

Christmas Carols

Part of Winter

Discover the origins and stories of Christmas carols old and new in this study.

Did Henry VIII really compose a Christmas carol? What’s the difference between a carol and a hymn? What on earth is wassailing and why does it involve toast? Where do modern carols come from and how do they fit into a festive singalong?

Whether you wish it could be Christmas everyday or you want to celebrate in a special way this festive season that comes just once a year, prepare yourself to get the most out of any carol singalong in this study day.

Alexandra Coghlan, author of Carols from King’s (Ebury, 2016) guides us through the rich history of Christmas carols up to the present as we examine what you need to know, with academics, experts and live music.

The experts joining Coghlan are leading British composer and Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir, who has a long history of writing for the voice; conductor and broadcaster Jeremy Summerly; and The Revd Lucy Winkett, who is Rector of St James's Church Piccadilly and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, as well as a trained musician. Live music and singing guaranteed!

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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