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Tune Req: The Christmas Bells

GUEST,Deborah Handley 22 Oct 14 - 02:21 AM
Joe Offer 22 Oct 14 - 03:49 AM
GUEST,# 23 Oct 14 - 12:12 AM
GUEST 15 Dec 14 - 02:25 PM
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GUEST,audrey cordwell 15 Dec 14 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,Pam 01 May 15 - 03:27 AM
GUEST,Guest Sian Levy 28 Oct 16 - 03:56 PM
GUEST,Ebor Fiddler 29 Oct 16 - 01:38 PM
Mrrzy 29 Oct 16 - 01:41 PM
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GUEST,Janet Taylor 16 Nov 17 - 11:23 AM
Long Firm Freddie 19 Nov 17 - 06:16 AM
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GUEST,Ebor Fiddler 25 Nov 17 - 02:12 PM
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Subject: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Deborah Handley
Date: 22 Oct 14 - 02:21 AM

I am trying to find details about a carol called "the Christmas Bells". The text is:
How sweet to hear on Christmas morn
the old church bells ring in the dawn;
of joy and peace and love they tell,
how sweet to hear the Christmas bells!
the Christmas bell a-ring on the air of joy and peace,
and love they tell;
how sweet to the Christmas bells.

A friend learned it from her Grandfather in the late 1940s, and he told her that he had sung it as a child in Oldham, Lancashire, England at the end of the 20th century.

Does it ring a bell (sorry) with anyone?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Oct 14 - 03:49 AM

Boy, that's a tough one. I checked an excellent site called The Hymns and Carols of Christmas, and had no luck there. That's the best Christmas carol Website I know of.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,#
Date: 23 Oct 14 - 12:12 AM

Coming up empty.


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Subject: ADD: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 14 - 02:25 PM

I will try to get music for this, it is by a man called Jackson of Oldham. The lyrics are:

THE CHRISTMAS BELLS
(Jackson of Oldham)

How sweet to hear, on Christmas morn
the old church bells ring on the air.
we know the day is newly born
the day of rest, the day of prayer/
but sweeter still to hear Thy voice
so full of tenderness and love
that tells us of our heavenly home
the home of happiness and love
chorus:
those Christmas bells, those Christmas bells
as on the air their music swells
of love and peace and joy they tell
we love to hear those Christmas bells.

When far away in other land
far from my home and friends so dear
in fancy I shall hear again
the pastor's voice in reverent prayer
and when the twilight swiftly falls
o'er every green and mossy dell
fond memory still will bring me home
to hear again those Christmas bells
Repeat Chorus.

A Cordwell Leicester


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 14 - 03:02 PM


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,audrey cordwell
Date: 15 Dec 14 - 03:06 PM

I know all the words to Christmas Bells - we always sang this hymn
at our Carol Service in Oldham. i think the tune is by someone called Jackson from Oldham.
A man in my village has the music and I will try to get a copy for
you.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Pam
Date: 01 May 15 - 03:27 AM

How good it was to finally find someone else interested in this carol. I was brought up listening to this, my family used to sing it every Christmas and every year I go round the house singing it to myself, I think it is one of the best carols ever. So nostalgic for me. I'm also from Oldham so perhaps it didn't get very further afield, shame.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Guest Sian Levy
Date: 28 Oct 16 - 03:56 PM

I have got this carol, from Low Moor Methodist church Bradford. There are one or two variations in the words, but it's difinitely the same song. I have it set out for 4 part harmony singing.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Ebor Fiddler
Date: 29 Oct 16 - 01:38 PM

I don't think we'll be singing this in York though ...


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Oct 16 - 01:41 PM

Ring along, ring along, o ring the merry christmas bells
A son is born a son is born o ring the merry christmas bells
Not the same?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Dec 16 - 06:08 AM

I also grew up singing this with the whole family round the piano in the 1950's, we sang it as a two part harmony. We have only heard it played by the Salvation Army. My 2 sisters and I still attempt a rendition each Christmas....minus music.... But we rarely get through it without one or other of us shedding a tear.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Janet Taylor
Date: 16 Nov 17 - 11:23 AM

Hi, have found this thread whilst looking for this hymn for my Mum. Is anyone able to send me the tune or point me in the right direction?
Thanks


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 19 Nov 17 - 06:16 AM

The composer might well be Robert Jackson. An entry in the Dictionary of Composers for the Church in Great Britain and Ireland says:

Jackson, Robert (1840-1914)

Born in Oldham, Lancashire in May 1840; died in Royton, Oldham on 12 July 1914.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music.
Organist of the Church of St Mark, North Audley Street, London (1866-1868), then succeeded his father as organist of St Peter's Church, Oldham (1868-1914). Father (48 years) and son (46 years) together accumulated 94 years service to St Peter's Church.
Robert Jackson published Songs Suitable for School and Home (1876) and Hymns Suitable for School Festivals (1876). Composed a number of songs, a carol "There came a little Child" (1894) to words by Emily Elliott, and hymn tunes including "Niagara" (1887) and "Trentham", both of which continue to be found in modern hymnals.

I couldn't find digital versions of the two publications online, although there were hard copies of Songs Suitable for School and Home available.

LFF


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: Mo the caller
Date: 25 Nov 17 - 09:40 AM

Not the same as the 'sweet bells, sweet chiming Christmas bells' chorus to one of the tunes to While Shepherds, then.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Ebor Fiddler
Date: 25 Nov 17 - 02:12 PM

No Mo. :)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Christmas Bells
From: GUEST,Guest sue
Date: 21 Dec 17 - 10:16 PM

Christmas bells was a favourite of mine from being a young girl
As a family we sung it at Christmas along with Sweet bells
I would love to know the history of these songs and the composer
They are so dear to my heart


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