Jeremy Summerly tells the story of the Christmas Carol in England in these illuminating and delightful programs. The Christmas carol is as popular now as it was when singers celebrated the birth of Edward III in 1312. But the journey it has taken is unique in music history. Here Jeremy Summerly follows that journey from medieval times to the present day. It's a story that sees the carol veer between the sacred and secular, in a tradition that has always had one foot in the pub and another in the church. The carol is an expression of seasonal joy in the coldest, hardest time of the year. However inefficient the heating system may be, the carol still generates warmth and positive nostalgia. Many favorite carols were actually written for children to sing, including Once in Royal David's City. It famously leads off the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service broadcast by the BBC from King’s College, Cambridge since the 1920s, commanding a worldwide audience of several million. But has it left an imbalance in the appreciation of our caroling tradition? And why do carols remain popular and familiar to so many? Illustrated with examples of carols obscure and familiar through the ages, and taking in numerous locations around Britain along the way, this is a history of the carol to bring comfort and joy.
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About the Author
Jeremy Summerly studied at Oxford University and was a postgraduate musicology student at King’s College, London. He founded Oxford Camerata in 1984, and was conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford 1990-6. He has conducted over 50 CD recordings spanning music from Gregorian chant to the present day and toured Europe, USA, Japan, Southern Africa, and Australia; he received the European Cultural Prize in 1995, made his Proms conducting début in 1999 and his Berlin Philharmonie début in 2005. He is also a freelance record producer and writer/presenter for BBC Radios 3 and 4, where he was a Studio Manager 1982-1989. Jeremy is the Royal Academy of Music’s senior Academic Studies Lecturer, having been a lecturer since 1989, head of Academic Studies from 1996-2007 and Head of Undergraduate Programmes from 1999-2007. He was appointed Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music in 2007 and he has been Director of Music at St Luke’s, Chelsea since 2010.