This will be the first December in more than 25 years when I can count the number of times I will be singing on the fingers of one hand. Usually, I can count the number of days when I *won’t* be singing on that very same hand, and usually have at least one thumb to spare.
Among the many tragedies and traumas of this COVID year, a lack of choral singing is a very small sadness indeed. But it is nonetheless something that is missing from my life – something that would normally mark the passage of time for me.
So this year’s Advent Calendar is a bit of a self-indulgent one. With the magic of technology – hello overdubbing! – I will be my own choir, and make recordings of my favourite carols.
These are not professional recordings. They are just me, my phone, and my computer, with perhaps some percussion from GarageBand and just a dash of traffic noise from the street outside my window.
I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoy singing them!
- December 1: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
- December 2: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
- December 3: Deck the Halls
- December 4: Out of your Sleep, Arise and Wake!
- December 5: Noel Nouvelet
- December 6: Angels from the Realms of Glory
- December 7: Coventry Carol
- December 8: The Holly and the Ivy
- December 9: Christmas Day
- December 10: There is no Rose
- December 11: Stille Nacht
- December 12: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- December 13: I Saw a Maiden
- December 14: Lute-Book Lullaby
- December 15: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- December 16: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
- December 17: Gaudete!
- December 18: A Babe is Born in Bethlehem
- December 19: Away in a Manger
- December 20: Away in Manger (Normandy tune)
- December 21: In the Bleak Midwinter
- December 22: Ding Dong Merrily on High
- December 23: Linden Tree Carol
- December 24: The Shepherds’ Farewell
- December 25: Joy to the World