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Thursday, 9 December 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Christmas Carols and Nostalgia

Professor Jeremy Summerly

This lecture takes a trip down Christmas’s unique and emotionally complex memory lane via the Christmas Carol. 

Carols paint a colourful picture of the Christmas story itself, frequently by adapting pre-existing material. The crowded stable at Bethlehem appears simultaneously ancient and modern, as do the carols that commemorate the Nativity. Christmas is indelibly associated with our own childhood experiences at home, in church, or out in the cold.

This lecture is also part of the series 'Music and Emotion' which can be found here.


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Jeremy is Visiting Gresham Professor of Music History. 

He is Director of Music at the London church of St Luke’s, Chelsea and a Supervisor for the Music Tripos at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

He has delivered the annual Christmas carol service at Gresham College since 2014. In 2019, he was made Visiting Professor of Music History.

Professor Summerly's lecture series are as follows:

2021/22 Music and Emotion

2020/21 100 Years of BBC Radio

2019/20 Making Music

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Music History can be accessed here.

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