The words of Welcome, Yule!
date from the fifteenth century and have a lilting rhythm which invites singing. There are several versions, one of which appears in a collection made in about 1430 by John Awdlay, the blind chaplain of Haughmond Abbey in Shropshire. Sir Hubert Parry (1848–1918) obtained his Bachelor of Music degree while still a pupil at Eton but went on to Oxford to study composition. Eventually he became director of the RCM and professor of music at Oxford. He is known for his choral piece Blest pair of sirens
, for the unaccompanied Songs of Farewell
and, of course, for Jerusalem
. The lively setting of Welcome, Yule!
is a minor piece but none the less enjoyable.
from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993