Brief Audio Clips From Our Recent Concerts
Deck The Hall - Arr. Parker & Shaw
The tune of 'Deck The Hall' is a traditional Welsh Air probably written several hundred years ago. It was originally a dance tune. In the 1700s Mozart used the tune for a violin and piano duet. In the 1880s it gained popularity and became a traditional Christmas song. The words normally sung nowadays are believed to have been written in the USA in the early 1900s.
Silent Night - Mohr & Gruber
The words of 'Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht' were written by Fr. Joseph Mohr and the music was written by Franz Xaver Gruber. It was first performed by the composers and choir on Christmas Eve 1818 at St. Nicholas Church, Oberndorf, Austria. It has since become one of the most popular carols in the World, translated into numerous languages. This live clip is sung in English by the men of Dorian Choir with percussion by Cairistiona Swainson.
White Christmas - Berlin
Irving Berlin wrote this song in 1940 for the film 'Holiday Inn'. Bing Crosby who starred in the film with Fred Astaire recorded it and it was released in 1942. By the time the War ended it had become the biggest selling record of all time. The song is still the biggest selling Christmas song of all time.
The Heavens Are Telling (1797) - Franz Joseph Haydn
This breath-takingly powerful chorus, 'The Heavens Are Telling (The Glory Of God)', was written as the conclusion to the first part of 'The Creation'.
I'll Ay Ca' In By Yon Toon - Burns - Arr. Finlay
Robert Burns wrote the words to this popular Scottish folk tune. This arrangement is by Kenneth Finlay.
Hail Poetry - Gilbert & Sullivan
'Hail Poetry' is from the finale of Act 1 of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operetta 'The Pirates of Penzance'. Pirates opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York on 31 December 1879. It became a smash hit both sides of the Atlantic and remains today one of the most popular G & S operettas.