The Truth About Christmas Carols

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Howard Goodall reveals the true history of carolling

TV & Radio Information
BBC HD
Monday, December 24, 2012 - 19:30

 

From Hark, the herald to O, come all ye faithful, carols are the musical heart of Christmas. In this programme, Howard Goodall explores the history of carols and uncovers the surprising story behind the music we use to celebrate Christmas.

Over the years, carols have been banned, some popular works have up to 400 regional variations and some now familiar family Yuletide favourites – including While Shepherds Watched – had to be cleaned up when they were deemed too crude by the Victorians.

Gather round the television with a glass of mulled wine this Christmas Eve for a wander through musical history. Click here for more information.