The Festival of Village
Saturday 29th November
9.30 am – 11.30 pm
All tickets for the
Festival have now been sold
eleventh festival celebrates the remarkable carol
singing traditions which flourish in the communities
near Sheffield and beyond.
The Padstow Carollers
uphold one of the most remarkable a cappella traditions
in the West Country. For over two centuries their
delightful carols have brought the joy of Christmas to
The Padstow Carollers in 2007
The Padstow Carollers in 2012
The Foolow Carollers
nurture one of the richest and most distinctive
repertoires of carols in the county that dates back over
The Royal Hotel
Carollers from Dungworth,
near Sheffield, celebrate a fine tradition of carolling
renowned for its vigour and exuberance. The experience
of their singing in the pub is unrivalled.
Carolling at the
Royal Hotel, Dungworth, Boxing Day 2007,
organist Sue Heritage.
The throng around
the organ at the Royal Hotel, Dungworth,
23 December 2012.
During the day workshops
will be held to help participants learn the singing
parts of fifteen favourite carols from the north-west of
the city and other neighbouring districts. No special
expertise is required; just enthusiasm for the carols
and a willingness to join in. All the carols will be
pitched to fall within the range of normal voices (as in
Instrumentalists will be able to learn to play the
accompaniments in parts (string/woodwind)These have been
specially prepared and are based on the manuscripts used
by village carol bands in South Yorkshire, such as the
legendary ‘Big Set’.
An illustrated talk on the
Padstow carolling tradition will be given by Roger Gool,
and set within its wider West Country context by Bob and
The Grand Sing
The day will come to a
climax with a ‘Grand Sing’ featuring the carols tackled
during the day in the workshops plus the guest spots.
These include the Foolow Carollers from Derbyshire, the
Carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth, and the
Padstow Carollers from Cornwall.
Here are the
carols which we will all sing at the festival.
Hark, Hark! Hark,
Hark! (SBVC 73)
Egypt (SBVC 53)
Foster (SBVC 128)
Tinwood (SBVC 168)
Portugal (SBVC 140)
Out Ye Bells†
Harks (DBVC 220)
Dew Besprinkled Lawn (DBVC 177)
my Harp (DBVC 41)
Cottage (SBVC 156)
Smiling Morn (SBVC 62)
Christmas (SBVC 99)
refer to the relevant pages in The
Sheffield/Derbyshire Book of Village Carols.
†The music transcriptions
for these carols will be included in the souvenir
About the Festival
The festival is supported
by the West Gallery Music Association. A buffet lunch
will be available during the day, but must be
pre-booked, and there will be refreshments and a
‘real ale’ bar. We intend to make it an unforgettable
occasion with all the atmosphere, informality and
friendliness of the best pub sessions. We hope that you
Booking opens on 1st
October. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Bookings & Enquiries:
Village Carols, P.O. Box 2099, Sheffield S35 0XU (Ian
and Norma Russell: 01224 645486)
The downloadable booking form is available on the
Festival of Village Carols is a not-for-profit
As usual, the Booking Form will
HERE on 1st October 2014.
You need to download it and return it to Village Carols
at the address above, together with your payment.