Hodie Christus natus est

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.

9 December: Hodie Christus natus est

Words: Traditional

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Music: Francis Poulenc

Poulenc’s joyous Hodie Christus Natus Est brings the Frenchman’s set of Four Christmas Motets to an ebulliently rowdy conclusion. We start off with a rare moment of glory for the altos, who boldly sing out the opening ‘Hodie Christus Natus Est!’ and that sets the ball rolling. After that, it’s fast-paced fun all the way – you won’t find a more uplifting festive listen than this.

December 4: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!

December 5: The Sans Day Carol

December 7: No Small Wonder

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December 8: The Little Road to Bethlehem