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The cherry tree carol

First line:
Joseph was an old man
author of text

This carol was published, in differing versions, in many nineteenth-century English collections. In some of these Joseph responds to Mary’s request with the words ‘Let him pluck thee a cherry / That brought thee now with child.’ After the tree miraculously bows down, Joseph repents of his unkind aspersion. Sir David Willcocks, whose setting of this carol dates from 1969, was organist of King’s College, Cambridge (a post that includes the directorship of the world-famous choir of sixteen boy choristers and fourteen men) from 1957 to 1974.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1987


Advent Live, Vol. 1
SIGCD535Download only
Christmas Night
CSCD526Download only


Track 8 on CSCD526 [1'48] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD535 [2'45] Download only

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