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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Traditional Carols for Brass & Choir
Blessed Sacrament Church
Seattle, WA
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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Traditional Carols for Brass & Choir
The Tudor Choir and Players presents VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, a family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal songs for choir and brass plus classic seasonal readings made popular by the Victorians.

The concert will open with the popular lighting of the 30-foot Blessed Sacrament Christmas tree.

Children 12 and under attend free.


The Tudor Choir's VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS includes carols for choir and brass made popular by the Victorians and the generations they influenced, and seasonal readings from the works of celebrated Victorian authors and poets. Favorite carols, performed by the Tudor Choir and Players, include classics, such as "The first Nowell," "The twelve days of Christmas," "God rest you merry, gentlemen," "We wish you a merry Christmas," and "Good King Wenceslas." Readings, delivered by radio personality Dave Beck, include excerpts from Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Clement Clarke Moore's classic "'Twas the night before Christmas."

In many countries, Christmas combines two traditions: the great ancient mid-winter feast celebrated before the onset of winter and severe weather, and the birth of Christ. The practice of exchanging gifts and of combining these secular and sacred festivities is long established. But in Victorian England and America, Christmas was re-invented to include a number of other traditions that are now assumed to have an unbroken ancestry. Most of the symbols of our modern Christmas, particularly its associations with home, family, community, and seasonal nostalgia  including the Christmas carol, the Christmas tree and the Christmas card  come from the Victorians.

Music is one of the most powerful essences of Christmas. The music on the Tudor Choir's VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS program reflects both the secular and Christian traditions of Christmas and the way they were merged and reconstituted by the Victorians.  Secular and religious carols were sung by adults and children; they sang not only in churches but in homes and on the streets, sometimes accompanied by another invention of the Victorian period, the brass band.


Thoinot Arbeau, arr. John Rutter: Ding dong! merrily on high
English traditional, arr. R. Vaughan Williams: Wassail Song
Thomas Miller: Christmas comes but once a year
Piae Cantiones, arr. G.R. Woodward: Up! good Christen folk
Charles Dickens: Selections from A Christmas Carol
English traditional: The boar's head carol
Piae Cantiones, arr. John Stainer & Reginald Jacques: Good King Wenceslas
Thomas Hardy: The Oxen
English traditional, arr. David Willcocks: I saw three ships
Este's Psalter: While shepherds watched their flocks
German traditional, arr. Robert Pearsall: In dulci jubilo
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring out, wild bells
English traditional, arr. John Rutter: The twelve days of Christmas


English traditional, arr. John Rutter: We wish you a merry Christmas
Clement Clark Moore: 'Twas the night before Christmas
English traditional: Past three o'clock
English traditional, arr. David Willcocks: The first Nowell
John Henry Hopkins: Three kings of orient
English traditional, arr. David Willcocks: God rest you merry, gentlemen
English traditional, arr. H. Walford Davies: The holly and the ivy
Harold Darke: In the bleak midwinter
Anonymous: The tradition of wassail
English traditional, arr. John Rutter: Somerset Wassail
Charles Dickens: Selections from A Christmas Carol
English traditional, arr. Philip Ledger: Sussex carol

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS is the third concert of the Tudor Choir's 2012-2013 20th anniversary season.

The Tudor Choir's 2012-2013 subscription series is co-presented by the Tudor Choir and Blessed Sacrament Church.



Blessed Sacrament Church (View)
5041 - 9th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

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Music > Choral

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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