My kind of carol
THE TABLET TOP 10 CAROLS
2 December 2006
AT LAST we have whittled our readers' and contributors' favourite carols down to 11 titles (there is a tie for number 10). Over the past few weeks we have been asking them to nominate their choice as part of our poll to find The Tablet top 10 carols. We have had an excellent response, with Once In Royal David's City and In The Bleak Midwinter gathering the most nominations.
The nominations are listed below and we would now like readers to choose their favourite carol from these. You can let us know any time between now and 8 December. You can vote now or send us a postcard marked Carol Poll to The Tablet, 1 King Street Cloisters, Clifton Walk, London W6 0QZ:
1. Once in Royal David's City, words by Mrs C.F. Alexander (1818-95), music H.J. Gauntlett.
2. In the Bleak Midwinter, words by Christina G. Rossetti (1830-94), music by Gustav Holst or Harold Edwin Darke. Read Tablet article.
3. O Little Town of Bethlehem, words by Bishop Phillips Brooks (1835-93), music by R. Vaughan Williams.
4. It Came upon the Midnight Clear, words by E.H. Sears (1810-76), traditional English tune adapted by Arthur Sullivan.
5. O Little One Sweet, O Little One Mild, words translated by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936), old German tune harmonised by J.S. Bach.
6. The Coventry Carol, words attributed to Robert Croo, 1534, tune, anon, 1591 or earlier.
7. O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël), words based on poem by Placide Cappeau (1808-1877), translated by John Sullivan Dwight, music by Adolphe Adam.
8. Good King Wenceslas, words translated by J.M. Neale (1818-1866), tune, anon, thirteenth century. Read Tablet article.
9. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree), words by Ernst Anschütz 1824, music is an old German folk tune. Read Tablet article.
10. Christe redemptor omnium, sixth-century Gregorian chant and Gloomy Night, words by Richard Crashaw (1612-1650), music from an Alsatian cradle song. Read Tablet Article.
Listen to "At the Nativity (Gloomy Night), performed by Quintessential Voices