Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Background to Christmas Carols

I recently gave my “Ding Dong Merrily on High” talk, on the stories behind Christmas carols, to members of the Community History Network in Leicester.

This talk, a very popular one, looks at virtually all the very popular carols, like “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

Some were written by famous poets, some by famous composers, some refer to particular aspects of the Christian story, and some written under unusual circumstances.

Famous people involved include Mrs Alexander, George Frederick Handel, Gustav Holst, Felix Mendelssohn, Christina Rossetti, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Community History Network is for people in the Leicester area who are interested in local history. Meetings take place every two months at the New Walk Centre, with a talk. There is no charge, except for the Christmas meeting, when there is a modest charge to cover refreshments.

Angela Cutting or Joyce Mills will be pleased to hear from anybody wishing to come to future meetings.