Hark the Herald Angels Sing

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
12 December: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Words: Charles Wesley

Music: Felix Mendelssohn


In 1739 Charles Wesley wrote a Christmas hymn that began ‘Hark! how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings’, the first incarnation of what is now Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. But the melody was to come from an unexpected source a century later: it’s a chorus from Festgesang an die Künstler, a cantata written by Mendelssohn to commemorate 400 years since Gutenburg’s invention of the printing press. It was British singer William Hayman Cummings who put the two together in 1855, creating the uplifting carol sung around the world today.


December 7: No Small Wonder

December 8: The Little Road to Bethlehem

December 9: Hodie Christus natus est

December 10: There is a Flower

❄ December 11: O Magnum Mysterium

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