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A gallery carol

First line:
Rejoice and be merry in songs and in mirth
Old English tune
author of text

The words and tune of A gallery carol come from an old church gallery book found in Dorset, and published in 1919. West gallery bands and choirs were common before their replacement by organs and robed choirs in the mid-nineteenth century (as recounted in Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree). The conductor and arranger Reginald Jacques (1894–1969) collaborated with David Willcocks on the first volume of Carols for Choirs (1961), from which this arrangement is taken.

from notes by John Heighway © 2019


Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Joy to the World


Track 22 on CDA68281 [1'25]
Track 12 on CDH55161 [1'36]

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