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Published on Nov 29, 2009
1 - 'Verbum Caro: in hoc anni circulo'(15th century). Purcell Consort of Voices, Grayston Burgess, counter tenor 2 - Noe, noe, noe psallite, Jean Mouton(1519). Ian Partridge, tenor; Christopher Keyte, bass; Grayston Burges; Boys of All Saints Choir 3 - 'Nowell The: bory hede, 15th century. Grayston B., John Buttery, tenor, Boys of All Saints Choir
A choir school was established at the church in 1843, which provided music for daily choral services. The choir was widely recognised for its excellence, and choristers sang at the coronations of Edward VII, George V and VI, and Elisabeth II, as well as at Victoria's Jubilees. Among its alumni was Laurence Olivier. The school closed in 1968, at which point the boy's voices were replaced by sopranos. The present-day choir maintains the exacting standards of its predecessors, and is now led by the Organist and Director of Music Paul Brough.
There were songs of joy for Christmas long before there were Christmas carols in the modern sense. The round dance called carols had existed for many centuries before its name was used for songs, wheter for christmas, which had verses and recuring chorus. Holy and unholy songs of this form existed throughout the Middle Ages in many parts of Europe, but it was only in England that they were called carols. Many 'pre-carol' christmas songs were made by the early medieval technique of 'farsing'. The regular worship of the festive season wich ran from christmas Eve to the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. On New Year's day it was the sub-deacons(the upper teenagers of clerical society) who farsed the services with festive processions and songs.