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Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The 19th-century Taming of the Christmas Carol, from St Erth to Truro

Professor Jeremy Summerly

At the end of the Georgian era, a revivalist collection of Christmas music was published by the MP for Bodmin and another by a Cornish solicitor. Half a century later, a Festival of Nine Lessons with Carols was celebrated on Christmas Eve 1880 in the cathedral at Truro. 

This lecture, with live musical illustrations, shows how the rustic English carol was preserved in the villages of the West Country and later served back to Cornish urbanites as representative of the height of ecclesiastical sophistication.

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Jeremy is Visiting Gresham Professor of Music History. 

He is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme. 

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:

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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8 December 2015

The 19th-century Taming of the Christmas Carol, from St Erth to Truro
Professor Jeremy Summerly

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