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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

Jeremy Summerly


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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.

jeremy-summerly

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

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8 December 2015

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

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