Category: Advent Calendar

1st Sunday Of Advent

For the last two years Miss Mussel has posted an Aural Advent Calendar. Instead of a chocolate each day, you get a new video of a Christmas song/carol. It’s certainly better for your waistline and, considering the percentage wax in…

Praetorius: Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning

Happy Christmas from the OM! Here is the most glorious of Christmas pieces: Michael Praetorius’ Lutheran Mass For Christmas Morning performed by Paul McCreesh’s impeccable Gabrieli Consort. If you wish to add this recording to your collection (and Miss Mussel…

Day 24: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Miss Mussel is dragging herself to the Advent finish line on the back of this thriller of a carol. It’s old school majestic and unafraid of appearing a spectacle. Feast your ears on David Willcocks‘ classic arrangement sung at St…

Day 23: The Little Drummer Boy

If you can endure 2 minutes of toe-curlingly lame dialogue leading up to a horrifying arrangement of one of the worst Christmas songs ever written, then you deserve to witness this historic intersection of Venn diagrams. Ladies and gents, it’s…

Day 22: O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Today we head to a little church in Swansea, Wales for a performance by Rob Charles of O Little Town of Bethlehem. The tune is the ever lovely Forest Green, which was first attached to the carol by Vaughan Williams….

Day 21: See Amid The Winter’s Snow

This carol is another of the many musical gifts given to Miss Mussel by the Manchester Cathedral but rather than dial up yet another Anglican church choir video, today we’re scaling down to a more personal level. Carols are so…

Day 20: The Huron Carol

After her Three Drovers video effort rocketed to the top of the Three Drovers category on Youtube (population: 3) Miss Mussel got all inspired and thought she should do the same for her own country. The choir singing is the…

Day 19: Sans Day Carol

The Sans Day Carol is a Cornish carol written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the it was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during the folk song collecting craze that was sweeping Europe…

Day 18: Away In A Manger

Sometimes when you meet genius, the only decent thing to do is acknowledge you have been beaten and point the way to greatness. In this clip, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre discusses the carol sung by wide-eyed moppet choirs…

Day 17: O Holy Night x57

Miss Mussel is not a huge fan of O Holy Night the song, as such, but is very interested in the social dynamics surrounding its performance particularly in non-big city churches on Christmas Eve. It seems at every one there…

Day 16: I Saw Three Ships

We’re back to Jolly Old today, more specifically, St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The choir has been singing for 660 years although it is thought that there has been some chorister turnover during that time. I Saw Three Ships belongs to…

Day 15: The First Nowell

Reader Pat suggested these 3 minutes of silliness in the comments last year and really, who among us has not sat through a performance that pretty well matches this one? Generous lashings of earnest and awful combined with a dash…

Day 14: Sleigh Ride

We’ve been to England, Australia and the US in our Advent journey. Now it’s time to stop in Austria and visit the Mozarts. Sleigh rides have been immortalized in music long before a certain Mr. L. Anderson created his peppy…

Day 13: Walking In The Air

While Miss Mussel may be all ga-ga for Charlie Brown, over in Jolly Old her contemporaries are crazy for The Snowman. It’s been a huge hit since the special was first broadcast in 1982 and everyone knows the song. Walking…

Day 12: Happy Holidays

In our corner of the universe, the source is sacred. Urtext, period bands, hours of score study and research to determine the difference between a Mahler and Beethoven fortissimo – all are in aid of trying to divine the intentions…

Day 11: Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy’s right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Brownest. – Linus Of…

Day 10: In The Bleak Midwinter

Today’s Advent treat was nearly a bit of Kenny and Dolly but seeing as we’ve had snow two days in a row here at OM Headquarters, it seemed the perfect time to get all dramatic about it and offer In…

Day 9: Winter Wonderland

Theory peeps – HELP! What is going on with the harmony at the beginning of this song? Has Pat Boone gone all atonal? Polytonal? Did the engraver just miss an accidental in the parts? Gah! Winter Wonderland was written in…

Day 8: The Three Drovers

We’re off to Oz today for The Three Drovers, a carol written in 1948 by John Wheeler and William G. James. Since there were no suitable videos about, Miss Mussel dove and took a stab at making one herself. Drovers…

Day 7: Sussex Carol

We’ve been to King’s College Cambridge quite a lot in this calendar, so today, we go 125 miles west across the Midlands to Worcester Cathedral in…uh…Worcester — also known as the place the unpronounceable sauce comes from. The church was…