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BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling

YorkshireYankee 05 Dec 13 - 06:03 PM
GUEST,henryp 06 Dec 13 - 03:29 AM
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Subject: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 06:03 PM

Starts Mon, 9 Dec; I'm really looking forward to hearing it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kpnk3
10-part series on BBC Radio 4 (each part 15 min)
M-F at 13.45 - starts Mon. 9 Dec

or

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kvd5f
the "omnibus" edition (one of two) - i.e. 5 consecutive episodes (lasts one hour)
Fri evenings at 21.00 - 13 & 20 Dec

A Carol's a Carol, to Begin With
The first programme in a ten part series in which choral conductor and scholar Jeremy Summerly tells the story of the Christmas Carol in Britain. He begins by trying to capture something of the caroling traditions of today and then heads back into the misty caroling past discovering what he believes is the first carol in the English language.

The Christmas carol is as popular now as it was when carolers celebrated the birth of Edward III in 1312. Back then the carol was a generic term for a song with its roots in dance form, nowadays only the strictest scholar would quibble with the fact that a carol is a Christmas song.
But the journey the carol has taken is unique in music history because each shift in the story has been preserved in the carols that we sing today. Go to a carol concert now and you're likely to hear folk, medieval, mid-victorian and modern music all happily combined. It's hard to imagine that happening in any other situation.
In these programmes Jeremy Summerly follows the carol journey through the Golden age of the Medieval carol into the troubled period of Reformation and puritanism, along the byways of the 17th and 18th century waits and gallery musicians and in to the sudden explosion of interest in the carol in the 19th century. It's a story that sees the carol veer between the sacred and secular even before there was any understanding of those terms. For long periods the church, both catholic and protestant, was uneasy about the virility and homespun nature of carol tunes and carol texts. Nowadays many people think that church music is defined by the carols they hear from Kings College Cambridge.
He traces the folk carol in and out of church grounds, the carol hymn, the fuguing carol and the many other off-shoots, some of which survive to this day and many others which languish unloved but ready for re-discovery.
It's a journey full of song describing the history of a people who needed expression for seasonal joy in the coldest, hardest time of the year. And however efficient the heating system may be, the carol still generates warmth. Much of that is to do with the positive nostalgia of this music.
That nostalgia is in part due to the fact that carols are one of the first kinds of song children actually sing rather than hear. Many favourite carols were actually written for Children; Once in Royal David's City the most familiar example. Another factor is the concentration in the texts on the humanity of nativity with tunes garnered from the uninhibited world of folk song and ballad.
The series title is taken from a Thomas Hardy poem in which he ponders of a Darkling Thrush why it should chose to sing - 'so little cause for carolings of such ecstatic sound' - is the question asked. THis series is an attempt to answer why Carols remain so popular and familiar to so many. In fact Hardy himself, in his first novel Under The Greenwood Tree, went some way to answering his own question when he described the Mellstock Quire singing at Midnight on Christmas Eve:
'Then passed forth into the quiet night an ancient and time worn hymn, embodying a quaint Christianity in words orally transmitted from father to son through several generations down to the present characters, who sang them out right earnestly."
Jeremy brings the series up to date with the story of the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service broadcast by the BBC since the 1920s but born originally in Truro. It's a service that commands a worldwide audience measured in many millions, but as Jeremy concludes it has left an imbalance in the appreciation of our caroling tradition, a tradition that has always had one foot in the pub and another in the choir stalls.
Producer:Tom Alban.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 03:29 AM

BBC Radio 2 In December, Diane Louise Jordan presents festive editions of The Sunday Hour.

In a special programme for Christmas Day, (7am?), Diane Louise Jordan will celebrate the Christmas carol with a variety of special guests and a selection of carols chosen by the Radio 2 listeners.

Diane will delve into the history of the carol to tell unusual and little-known stories about some of our favourite carols. Listeners will hear performances by the Radio 2 Choristers of the Year, unusual settings of some carols as well as many traditional favourites. A warm-hearted celebration of carols for Christmas Day.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: GUEST,AlanG at work
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 06:40 AM

I put a thread on about this and another programme called Ghosts of the West Gallery a few days ago here


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 09:12 PM

Sorry AlanG, didn't think to do a search on whether someone had already posted about this.

That programme on the West Gallery looks good, too.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: AlanG
Date: 07 Dec 13 - 05:41 PM

No problem; thanks for the extra info.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: bradfordian
Date: 09 Dec 13 - 08:49 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 10 Dec 13 - 10:04 PM

It's been airing for two days now.


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 11:22 AM

Resumes on Monday...


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 11:33 AM

I've been recording them...

Kitty


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 06:55 PM

Tuesday 17 December - South Yorkshire carols


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Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 prgrm: A Cause for Caroling
From: GUEST,LBG
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 11:31 AM

Managed to miss all but one of this fantastic series, can anybody please let me hear their recordings?


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