Tag: choir

Day 7: Huron Carol

Canada’s contribution to the carol canon: The Huron Carol | The Elora Festival Singers Listen to the whole OM Advent 2014 playlist here.

Day 3: Sans Day Carol

I think I’ve posted these guys every year, but they’re so charming I can’t help myself. These gents from the Holman Climax Male Voice Choir are singing the 19th century Cornish carol with the last verse in Cornish. Bless. Hear…

Day 2: The Three Drovers

To Australia for one of my favorite seasonal rarities: comfort and joy. Jokes! It’s the Three Drovers sung by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir. Listen to the whole Advent 2014 playlist here.

Shit Choristers Say

Top Tip: If you’ve been in choir for ages and have never met a chorister like this, it’s you. Well done to the Vancouver Cantata Singers for riding the meme wave started by this and this.

Hey Elizabeth

Mary: Your baby just moved. Weird! Elizabeth: I know, right? Thankfully posterity has phrased Mary’s joy a little more elegantly. My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded…

The Final Three

We are now coming to the end of our aural Advent Calender, I have tried to show some good, some bad, some pop, some classical and whatever else came to me in various moments of Christmas inspiration. As you have…

I have returned….

Hello everybody, ’tis I, Frere Mussel. I have returned, here, to the Advent calender after a weekend of gigging. In retrospect 3 concerts in 2 days in 2 different cities may have been a bit much. However, the trumpet has…

In Dulci Jubilo

It has become a tradition here on the OM to post the complete Mass for Christmas Morning by Michael Praetorius on….uh…Christmas morning. Technically, it’s not all his composition but rather Paul McCreesh’s recreation of a Christmas morning church service in…

Happy Trololo To You

Because gigs are apparently more important that the OM Advent Calender, Frere Mussel has begged off this weekend. Honestly, some people’s kids. Never mind. On to Christmas greetings courtesy of Gifford Children’s Choir from Racine Wisconsin. It’s cute and frightening…

So, how’s YOUR Polish Part II

That’s right ladies and gentlemen “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” is originally a Polish carol, also originally WITHOUT Kenny G, or whoever that was. I think baby Jesus would sleep better without the soprano sax, and so would I. The original…

So, how’s YOUR Polish?

Mine is really quite bad. I have been to Warsaw twice in the last six months and have learned how to say “Airport” and “Okay”, but not in that order. It is a very beautiful language so it might be…

Dirty Minds

Next we travel back in time. To a time when I was 12 and able to sing a high C, those days have since marched on. Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day is an English carol usually attributed as ‘traditional’;…

Ah, the French

What can one really say about this 17th-Century French Carol? It is simply beautiful. Here are two versions, with two very different budgets. Left: Random Swedish Choir | Right: You Know Who For this carol I think it is clear…

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…

Nunc dimittis

Puffed sleeves! Anne would be so excited. Backstory: Mary & Joseph bring their baby to the synagogue to be consecrated. Simeon, the high priest, had been promised he would see the Messiah before he died. He was very old and…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 13

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 its members have changed substantially during that time. I Saw Three Ships belongs to that…

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…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 7

The Sans Day Carol, performed here by the Strathroy Chorale, is a Cornish carol written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the carol was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during one of the…