Festival of Village Carols 2018

The Festival of Village Carols Goes Virtual

Saturady 28th November 2020, Grand Sing 7.30pm – 11.00pm

We’ve been thinking long and hard about the sad loss of our festival this Christmas and feel that we should raise our voices and sound our instruments in a Virtual Grand Sing. The big difference is that we will have no chairs to shift, cups of tea to make, lunches and teas to sort, ticket sales to manage, etc! But we will have plenty of carols to sing and guests to listen to!

The Virtual Grand Sing will feature many favourite local carols from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire plus special guests, using Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

Our Guests will include a feast of solo carollers including

Parti Bronheulog was never formed, but like Topsy it just grew. In the 1930s at Bronheulog, a farm near Oswestry, six children sang together. Their father, who had died in 1926, had been a singer, and the children (fathers, uncles and aunts of the present party members) inherited his musical talent. The parti now consists of a family quartet, who sing traditional Welsh plygain carols in three-part harmony, Gareth and Peter and their sisters, Lynda and Rhian.

The Festival of Village Carols is a celebration of the remarkable carol singing traditions that flourish in the villages around Sheffield and beyond. During the evening there will be the opportunity to join in with fourteen or more of the favourite local carols plus the choruses of the solos.

The carols for all to sing will include:

They are all included in either The Sheffield Book of Village Carols or The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols. There’ll also be one or two surprises!

Please register to reserve a place and you will receive a free set of words. Places can be registered from Monday 2 November. Details will be given HERE. If you require the music scores, these can be emailed as a pdf at a cost of £3.50. Please order from http://www.villagecarols.org.uk/publications/index.html.

Donations to the Festival of Village Carols will be gratefully received via PayPal. After overheads have been covered, the surplus will be donated to Weston Park Cancer Charity in memory of Chris Lowry, a much-missed former member of our festival committee.