Today I offer to you, gentle reader, a clunky, over stuffed, pompous version of ‘Hark the Herald Angel’. Truth be told, I love EVERY second of it. Simply nobody does pomp like the British and we will see this in full display in the spring for the royal wedding. But for now we will have to settle with the carol service from St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In 1855, English musician William H. Cummings adapted Felix Mendelssohn’s secular music from Festgesang to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” written by Charles Wesley. Wesley envisioned the song being sung to the same tune as his song Christ the Lord Is Risen Today but as we all know, that didn’t really pan out. In 1961 Oxford published the carol with the Willcocks descant which, in my opinion, is the only descant.
So, here is the video. Keep your eyes open for the chorister that is feeling the spirit.