What's your favourite Christman Carol?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by 08cbinns, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. 08cbinns

    08cbinns Member

    Its that time of year again people. Concerts everywhere, carolling on the streets. We've had to grin nd' bear these songs out of the 'red book', so whats your favourite christmas carol?
  2. Ffion Flugel

    Ffion Flugel Member

    Coventry Carol, every time!
  3. impycornet

    impycornet Member

    I agree
  4. emziesonic

    emziesonic Member

    yep i third that! though i find carols abit tedious i have to say that one a good'un! :D

    IYOUNG Member

    5 in Red book
  6. Alyn James

    Alyn James Member

    Can't remember her last name but it was deffo the Christmas of '74 :icon_cheesygrin:.....
    I'm pretty sure she was a Carol....could be wrong, mind....
  7. rcalvert20

    rcalvert20 Member

    My favourite carol ever is O Holy Night, its so pretty :)

  8. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Coventry Carol
    Just something in the music which sends a tingle down my spine each time i hear it.
    Come to think of it
    Coventry Variations made a great test piece in 2004 1st Section Area:clap:
  9. sarah_bari#1

    sarah_bari#1 New Member

    We wish you a merry christmas cos that means we've finished!! Hurrah!!
  10. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    Coventry Carol is my traditional favourite. I played a fantastic arrangement by Andy Baker a few week ago. Very nice Andy (again).
    My all time Christmas carol is O come, O come Emmanuel. I love it. It's featured in The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball (I think!). What a fantastic Christmas opener.
  11. tuba90

    tuba90 Member

    I like Angels Sing again (Number 9) and Calypso Carol (Number 18) they are jolly and lively!!!!
  12. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Since moving to Wales, I'm kinda starting to prefer some of the Welsh ones...

    O Deued pob Cristion
    Hwiangerdd Mair
    Carol y Seren
    Suo Gan (Not really a carol but you get the idea)
  13. LeDragon

    LeDragon Active Member

    'Who Is He?' is my favourite.
  14. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells

    Just been out today and judging by the amount of money going in the boxes at any one time, the public seem to like "on a Starry Night" and "Calypso Carol". But really anything with a lively beat. They put very little in when we play slow carols
  15. grahammck

    grahammck Member

    Mine too!
  16. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    Praise Ye The Lord no. 66 in Red carol book
    it's good to play something a little challenging after all those easy carols
  17. StellaJohnson

    StellaJohnson Active Member

    why oh why, coventry carol is the most depressing carol ever!!!

    I do like wish you a merry christmas, as it does mean hometime, as previously mentioned!!
  18. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Probably because of the chord progression. It is rather lovely.
  19. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Coventry Carol is lovely, but I have to say the version in the red books and the green books before that doesn't really do the carol justice. I seem to remember it should be in a different time signature than 3/4 (9/8?) and there is definitely a time change for a bar midway though. To stick it into waltz time kind of messes up the beauty of the writing IMO.

    For me Who Is He (or as we say around these parts "oo isE") is just gorgeous, but again the version in the old green books was better with a euph part to die for.

    There are several - we often go "off piste" when numbers and players ability allow and we often get surprised at how good some of the lesser known carols are. But we are en-debited to the SA for producing such flaming good books to play out of. Today we had a very mixed group of players - always unbalanced as we were light on cornets but with a but of sensible part allocation the group always sounded great, whether it was four players or ten.
  20. Morghoven

    Morghoven Member

    I've got a copy of Coventry Carol here marked as "original tune of 1591" and it doesn't have a time signature! Bar lengths are two, three or four (minim) beats at various places. Interestingly it only has three (rather than four) parts and includes a delicious F sharp against F natural clash three bars before the end.

    The evened out three in a bar, four part version is certainly newer but still of some fair vintage by now. I can't say I'd want to see anyone waltz to it, it would be like watching 'Strictly' in super-slow motion...!

    All that said, I do rather like it. And 'In the bleak midwinter' as well. And plenty of others. I don't think I could possibly settle on a favourite!!