Carols Old and New with Mike Wheeler

Ref: C2345872

The English carol tradition dates back to at least the 14th century. Join us for a refreshingly different take on Christmas music as we explore some of this rich legacy. We shall listen to carols from the Middle Ages, back-to-back with modern settings of the same words by composers such as Walton and Britten. We shall also listen to carols from various UK folk traditions, including West Country wassails and South Yorkshire pub carols. And if you know only one tune to 'While Shepherds Watched...', you're in for a surprise!

Course aim

The course aims to explore something of the rich heritage of carols – medieval originals, modern settings of the same words, and examples of folk traditions from around the UK.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Identify two contrasting lines of development in English carols
  • 2. Identify at least three composers in the last hundred years who have made new settings of medieval words
  • 3. Explain what is meant by one or more of the terms 'luck-visit', 'wassail', 'pub carol'.
  • 4. Discuss your responses to the music extracts with the other students.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing else is needed, but you may wish to bring a folder for handouts, a notepad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Carols Old and New with Mike Wheeler

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