The Little Road to Bethlehem

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.

The Little Road to Bethlehem
8 December: The Little Road to Bethlehem

Words: Margaret Rose

Music: Michael Head

A carol equally loved and cherished by children and adults. British composer Michael Head, who gave piano recitals in factories during the Blitz, hit the right note with this charming miniature for four-part choir, written around 1946. Although the words, by Margaret Rose, were inspired by the sight of lambs in an Essex field, her gentle poetry takes us to the star-lit skies over Bethlehem, the call of the sheep bell and Mary’s lullaby.


December 1: Silent Night

December 2: The Lamb

December 3: Three Kings

December 4: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!

December 5: The Sans Day Carol

❄ December 7: No Small Wonder

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