Aural Advent Calendar: Day 11

So far, we’ve had Gloucester Cathedral and King’s College choirs. Today, we go to Worcester Cathedral in Worcestershire. It was built between 1220 and 1386, dates that register as DO NOT COMPUTE in most North American brains. To add a little bit of perspective: the very last details were put on the building 106 years before the world knew our continent even existed.

Except for the Vikings.

They were in the loop but everyone else was too afraid to talk to them, so the news didn’t get around.

Now, to strongarm this post back on topic with an spectacular non-sequitur:

What did Harriet Vernall say to Ralph Vaughn Williams when he came calling in 1919?

Answer:
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring.
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring.
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.

Then why should men on earth be so sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad?
Then why should men on earth be so sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad,
When from our sin he set us free,
All for to gain our liberty?

When sin departs before His grace,
Then life and health come in its place.
When sin departs before His grace,
Then life and health come in its place.
Angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the new-born King.

All out of darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night.
All out of darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night:
“Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore, Amen!”

Well, technically she sang the words but the Season of Goodwill is not the time to split hairs. The internets are a little short on information on this carol but it seems that Mrs Vernall was discovered as part of Vaughan Williams hymn tune and folk song projects. Folk Song Idol, perhaps?

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