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Sussex Carol

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On Christmas night all Christians sing
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The Sussex Carol does not appear to have its origins in Sussex. Its words were first published by the Rev Luke Wadding, a seventeenth century Irish bishop, in a work called Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (1684). Its later association with Sussex appears to be through Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Harriet Verrall of Monk’s Gate, near Horsham, Sussex (hence 'Sussex Carol'). The tune to which it is generally sung today is the one Vaughan Williams took down from Mrs. Verrall and then published in 1919. The arrangement by Sir David Wilcocks heard here is especially fine.

from notes by Brendan Carroll © 2014

Recordings

100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Adeste fideles
Studio Master: SIGCD460Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 11 on KGS0001 CD1 [1'58] Download only
Track 5 on KGS0007 [2'00] Download only
Track 4 on KGS0033-D CD2 [1'53] Download only
Track 22 on SIGCD108 [1'38] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD386 [1'46] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD460 [1'46] Download only

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