join us for
Derbyshire Carol Workshop
The Memorial Hall,
Hathersage S32 1DU
Saturday 5 December
2015, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
To be followed by an
evening carol sing at the
Sir William, Grindleford
will help participants learn the singing parts
of sixteen favourite carols from village
traditions in the Peak District and North-East
Derbyshire. 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/brass). Based on the
manuscripts used by village carol bands, these
have been specially prepared and edited by Ian
Russell, and are taken from The Derbyshire Book
of Village Carols.
carol sing will take place in the evening at the
Sir William, Grindleford S32 2HS, from 8pm.
The festival is
supported by carol singers from Hathersage,
Grindleford, Eyam, Foolow, Castleton and Coal
Refreshments will be provided and lunches are
available in local pubs and cafés.
This will be the second workshop that we have
held and we intend to make it an unforgettable
occasion, informal and friendly. We hope that
you can come.
Bookings & Enquiries
Carols, P.O. Box 2099, Sheffield S35 0XU
Enquiries: Ian and
Norma Russell, 01224 645486
The Festival of Village
took place at the
Saturday 29th November
of Bob and Jacki Patten's talk can be found
and that given by Roger Gool of Padstow is
On January 7th
2014 Ian Russell gave the 'Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture' at the
Library of Congress in Washington DC. The title
‘The Hidden Carols: A Christmas Singing Tradition in the English
This is viewable as a webcast via the following links
Village Carols is a non-profitmaking
organisation which exists to record and promote local carol singing
traditions. Its main roles are undertaking fieldwork and research,
organising the collection of source material, and promoting local
carol singing traditions.
Fieldwork and research
This takes two main forms:
interviewing carol singers about
their traditions and recording the actual singing (preferably,
in the correct context);
investigating record offices,
libraries and archives for relevant references to local singing
and music manuscripts.
Organising the collection of source material
The hundreds of
tape recordings and manuscripts are steadily being indexed and
organised into a usable archive for which there is public access.
The recordings of the carols are being copied and the copies placed
in the National Sound Archive (British Library) and in the Archives
of Cultural Tradition at the University of Sheffield.
Promoting local carol
This is largely
done through the production of the cassette/CD and book series. To
date, there are ten sets. For details, please see
Village Carols publications.
An order form is also downloadable on that page.
describes his approach to research, recording, documentation and
publication in a paper written for the Folklore Journal in 2006,
and reproduced here.
Festival of Village Carols
The Festival of
Village Carols is held every two years to celebrate the remarkable
carol singing traditions that flourish in the villages near
Sheffield, and elsewhere. The first Festival was in 1994, and, apart
from the year 2000, has always been held at the Community Centre in Grenoside.
To mark the
Millennium, the Festival took place on Saturday 2 December 2000 at
the Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield. The 2002 Festival featured the
Glen Rock Carolers from Pennsylvania, USA at Grenoside on Saturday
30 November 2002. See the
Festival was on Saturday 1 December 2012 in the Grenoside
is directed by Ian
Russell. He is Professor Emeritus at the
Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen, and can be
contacted by email via
primary headteacher, he was the Editor of
Folk Music Journal
from 1980 to 1993. Link
here to read a little more about
Dr. Ian Russell's work at Aberdeen and elsewhere.
Village Carols, PO Box 2099, Sheffield S35 0XU
The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols
edited by Ian Russell
It contains 85
carols, many of which have not previously published, from
10 different villages. They are presented in full score with
a piano reduction with an illustrated introduction, notes on the
carols, bibliography and index.
It forms a companion volume to The
Sheffield Book of Village Carols.
edition is £15 and the hardback is £25.
Details and Order Form,
(as PDF file) etc.,
The Sheffield Book of Village Carols
edited by Ian Russell
New Edition is now
Details and Order Form, etc., here
available recordings and publications:
and Best - CD and Tape Set (both available)
Hark, Hark, What News - CD and Tape Set (both now available)
released on CD:
Village Carols from Foolow in the Peak District
Unfortunately, this CD is not now
Of the three
collections of carols, only the first
is still available, but all the South Yorkshire carols are available in the
Sheffield Book of Village Carols,
edited by Ian Russell.
We regret that
copies of all other publications and recordings are now
unavailable due to the demand for them.
Order Form for Cassettes,
CDs and Music Books:
Break Forth in Song
Words and music indexes of the
- Index of first lines with links to words
- Index of tune names with links to words
||Pat Malham and
Frazer Jarvis run a website especially for
Local Carols in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
This can be found at
||This is updated as
information becomes available.
Site maintained for Village
on behalf of the
West Gallery Music Association
by Edwin Macadam
30 Eynsham Road, Botley,
Oxford, OX2 9BP.