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Happy Christmas (Until Next Year!)

Keeping this blog each Christmastime is one of my favorite small rituals, and I hope that the hymns and carols shared here have entertained, delighted and/or simply helped followers and stumblers-upon prepare for whatever it is that Christmas means to them.

If you’ve enjoyed the performances by these choirs and choral ensembles, please feel free to have a look at my Youtube channel, which features these pieces among many dozens of others, both Christmassy and not, all sung by the choirs of exceptional choral foundations. 

Thank you all for watching this blog and for your kind comments throughout this holiday season. Have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year, and I’ll hope to see you again next December.

Chester Cathedral Choir – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing' — Chester Cathedral Choir

Young members of the Choir of Chester Cathedral pose for Christmastime photos.

Young members of the Choir of Chester Cathedral pose for Christmastime photos.

'Joy to the World!' — Washington National Cathedral Choir

During a Christmas Eve service from Washington National Cathedral, the Choir of Men and Boys and the Congregation singing Joy to the World.

Choristers from Ripon Cathedral sing carols during a Christmastime service.

Choristers from Ripon Cathedral sing carols during a Christmastime service.

Choir of Truro Cathedral – Silent Night

'Silent Night' — Truro Cathedral Choir

Choristers from Cornwall’s Truro Cathedral, historic home of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Choristers from Cornwall’s Truro Cathedral, historic home of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' — Wells Cathedral Choir

The Choir of Wells Cathedral, under the direction of Matthew Owens, perform Peter Griton’s a cappella choral arrangement of the beloved Christmas song ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ 

Ralph Martin and Hugh Blane’s sentimental holiday song, originally performed by Judy Garland, made its debut in the 1944 musical ‘Meet Me in St Louis’ and has been a Christmastime hit ever since, bolstered by American wartime audiences’ fondness for the tune. Countless notable artists—including Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, James Taylor, and Ella Fitzgerald—have recorded ‘Have Yourself,’ and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has rated it the third most-performed Christmas song in recent years, behind only ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’. 

Young choristers sing carols before the Christmas tree at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England.

Young choristers sing carols before the Christmas tree at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England.

'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' (arr. Rutter) — American Boychoir

John Rutter’s arrangement of the popular Christmas carol ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ as performed by the American Boychoir.

James Litton conducts members of the American Boychoir circa 1988.

James Litton conducts members of the American Boychoir circa 1988.

Chester Cathedral Choir – The Little Road to Bethlehem (Treble Solo)

'The Little Road to Bethlehem' (Treble Solo) — Chester Cathedral Choir

The young choristers of Salisbury Cathedral gather in front of the cathedral’s massive Christmas tree ahead of an Advent carols service.

The young choristers of Salisbury Cathedral gather in front of the cathedral’s massive Christmas tree ahead of an Advent carols service.

Christmas Carol & Service Webcasts

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, broadcasts of carol services, Christmas vigils, sung Eucharists, stream out across the world from choral foundations in churches, chapels, and cathedrals. If you’re looking for carols, listen in on one of the following services, all of which promise festive choral music for Christmastime.

Live Broadcasts/Webcasts

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
24 December @ 3:00p GMT; 10:00a EST
Streaming audio on BBC Radio 4 & American Public Media Affiliates

A Service of Lessons and Carols
Choir of St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue
24 December @ 4:00p EST; 9:00p GMT
Streaming audio on the Church’s Website

Carols by Candlelight
Washington National Cathedral Choir
24 December @  11:00p GMT; 6:00p EST
Streaming video on the Cathedral’s Website 

Christmas Vigil Eucharist
Washington National Cathedral Choir
24 December @ 10:00p EST (25 December @ 3:00a GMT)
Streaming video on the Cathedral’s Website

Christmas Celebration from Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral Choir
Phoenix Brass Ensemble
25 December @ 9:00a GMT; 5:00a EST
Streaming audio on BBC Radio 4

Pre-Recorded Webcasts

Advent Carol Service
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Choir’s Website 

Advent Carol Service
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Choir’s Website

Two Carol Services
Choir of New College, Oxford
Pre-recorded
Webcast here and here on the Choir’s Website 

1880 Nine Lessons with Carols
Truro Cathedral Choir
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Choir’s Soundcloud page 

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Choir of St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Church’s Website 

Choir of York Minster – O Little Town of Bethlehem

'O, Little Town of Bethlehem' (British Melody: Forest Green) — York Minster Choir

Happy Christmas (Until Next Year!)

Keeping this blog each Christmastime is one of my favorite small rituals, and I hope that the hymns and carols shared here have entertained, delighted and/or simply helped followers and stumblers-upon prepare for whatever it is that Christmas means to them.

If you’ve enjoyed the performances by these choirs and choral ensembles, please feel free to have a look at my Youtube channel, which features these pieces among many dozens of others, both Christmassy and not, all sung by the choirs of exceptional choral foundations. 

Thank you all for watching this blog and for your kind comments throughout this holiday season. Have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year, and I’ll hope to see you again next December.

Young members of the Choir of Chester Cathedral pose for Christmastime photos.

Young members of the Choir of Chester Cathedral pose for Christmastime photos.

'Joy to the World!' — Washington National Cathedral Choir

During a Christmas Eve service from Washington National Cathedral, the Choir of Men and Boys and the Congregation singing Joy to the World.

Choristers from Ripon Cathedral sing carols during a Christmastime service.

Choristers from Ripon Cathedral sing carols during a Christmastime service.

Choristers from Cornwall’s Truro Cathedral, historic home of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Choristers from Cornwall’s Truro Cathedral, historic home of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' — Wells Cathedral Choir

The Choir of Wells Cathedral, under the direction of Matthew Owens, perform Peter Griton’s a cappella choral arrangement of the beloved Christmas song ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ 

Ralph Martin and Hugh Blane’s sentimental holiday song, originally performed by Judy Garland, made its debut in the 1944 musical ‘Meet Me in St Louis’ and has been a Christmastime hit ever since, bolstered by American wartime audiences’ fondness for the tune. Countless notable artists—including Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, James Taylor, and Ella Fitzgerald—have recorded ‘Have Yourself,’ and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has rated it the third most-performed Christmas song in recent years, behind only ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’. 

Young choristers sing carols before the Christmas tree at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England.

Young choristers sing carols before the Christmas tree at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England.

'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' (arr. Rutter) — American Boychoir

John Rutter’s arrangement of the popular Christmas carol ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ as performed by the American Boychoir.

James Litton conducts members of the American Boychoir circa 1988.

James Litton conducts members of the American Boychoir circa 1988.

The young choristers of Salisbury Cathedral gather in front of the cathedral’s massive Christmas tree ahead of an Advent carols service.

The young choristers of Salisbury Cathedral gather in front of the cathedral’s massive Christmas tree ahead of an Advent carols service.

Christmas Carol & Service Webcasts

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, broadcasts of carol services, Christmas vigils, sung Eucharists, stream out across the world from choral foundations in churches, chapels, and cathedrals. If you’re looking for carols, listen in on one of the following services, all of which promise festive choral music for Christmastime.

Live Broadcasts/Webcasts

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
24 December @ 3:00p GMT; 10:00a EST
Streaming audio on BBC Radio 4 & American Public Media Affiliates

A Service of Lessons and Carols
Choir of St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue
24 December @ 4:00p EST; 9:00p GMT
Streaming audio on the Church’s Website

Carols by Candlelight
Washington National Cathedral Choir
24 December @  11:00p GMT; 6:00p EST
Streaming video on the Cathedral’s Website 

Christmas Vigil Eucharist
Washington National Cathedral Choir
24 December @ 10:00p EST (25 December @ 3:00a GMT)
Streaming video on the Cathedral’s Website

Christmas Celebration from Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral Choir
Phoenix Brass Ensemble
25 December @ 9:00a GMT; 5:00a EST
Streaming audio on BBC Radio 4

Pre-Recorded Webcasts

Advent Carol Service
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Choir’s Website 

Advent Carol Service
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Choir’s Website

Two Carol Services
Choir of New College, Oxford
Pre-recorded
Webcast here and here on the Choir’s Website 

1880 Nine Lessons with Carols
Truro Cathedral Choir
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Choir’s Soundcloud page 

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Choir of St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue
Pre-recorded
Webcast on the Church’s Website 

Chester Cathedral Choir – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing' — Chester Cathedral Choir

Choir of Truro Cathedral – Silent Night

'Silent Night' — Truro Cathedral Choir

Chester Cathedral Choir – The Little Road to Bethlehem (Treble Solo)

'The Little Road to Bethlehem' (Treble Solo) — Chester Cathedral Choir

Choir of York Minster – O Little Town of Bethlehem

'O, Little Town of Bethlehem' (British Melody: Forest Green) — York Minster Choir

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