Advent is flying past and it isn’t long until the festivities can truly begin. I do hope you have been enjoying our festival Advent calendar and that it has been adding an extra bit of festiveness to each passing day. Day 17 on our Advent calendar comes from local business proprieter John, who has selected a few of his favourite carols to share with us.
‘I have been rather greedy and chosen two favourite carols. They are from each end of the musical and the time spectrum. The first ‘Personent Hodie’ is probably the oldest carol still played today which has its original words and its original music. The tune has its roots in the medieval dance carol and the gloriously ‘wonky’ metrical pattern almost forces you to stamp your feet and shout “Yea”. Very striking is the repetition of a single note in line six (eg vir , vir, vir) and this is great fun to sing.
My second, ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’, is late 20th century and by the renowned composer and expert on folk song Elizabeth Poston. It is contemplative, serene and meaningful and has an achingly beautiful melodic line.’
It’s so interesting to see beloved carols from different eras! Follow the link below to have a merry listen to ‘Jesus Christ The Apple Tree’.
All the very festive best, until tomorrow!