When conducting Carols (and Hymns for that matter), I try and capture the 'feeling' of the title/words in the chosen tempo, but no matter what speed I play an introduction, the congregation/choir/general public have this uncanny knack of slowing down the tempo's and singing everything at a slower tempo - Why! I'm not saying that all Carols should be played at breakneck speed, but aren't we 'celebrating' a birth here? We accompanied a choir last night and after about twelve carols I was feeling pretty suicidal. It was as if we were playing for the passing of the vicar's dog! Honestly you would have thought we were at a funeral! Am I alone on this one, or do others feel the same?