Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
Music for Christmas
(Christmas music from South Norfolk Baptist Church may be found on the "Music for Worship," "Audio," and "Christmas at SNBC" web pages.)
From King's College Chapel, Cambridge................

(Now in public domain)
"A Song Unending" by John W. Peterson, in public domain.
From the Memorial Chapel,
Harvard University
"O Come, All Ye Faithful" (Sung in Latin)
"Hark! the Herald Angels Sing"

Christmas Peal of Carillon Bells

"Angels, from the Realms of Glory" (REGENT SQUARE) arr. Samuel Metzger; Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir; Dr. John L. Wilson, Conductor; Samuel Metzger, Organ.
"Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
"Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" from old St. Paul's church in London.
From Madrid, Spain............
"Gloria in Excelsis Deo" by Antonio Vivaldi

Concierto: "Voces para la Paz" (Músicos Solidarios) 2013
Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid
Madrid, 10 de marzo de 2013
Director: Antonio Fauró
From the University of North Texas College Choir, Vivaldi's "Gloria"
From England, the Monteverdi Choir, conducted by Sir John E. Gardiner, sings Handel's "Dixit Dominus"

“Christmas in Vienna" with international soloists such as Elina Garanča and Juan Diego Flórez at the Wiener Konzerthaus, 2008

From Switzerland, Michel Corboz conducts the Ensemble Vocal Lausanne, in Handel's
"Dixit Dominus"
From Germany,
Karl Richter conducts Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5," from the keyboard, which includes an outstanding solo on the Harpsichord.
From Norway,
the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Soloists' Choir, with Ilse Eerens, soprano,
Ivonne Fuchs, alto,
Fabio Trumpy, tenor,
Halvor Festervoll Melien, bass;
and conducted by
Peter Dijistra,
perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV, 248, Part 1.
From Dublin, Ireland, "Joy to the World"
with the Celtic Women
From Leipzig, Germany........

A magnificent Christmas concert, with music ranging from motets to popular Christmas standards, performed by Leipzig's world famous boys' choir. From the St. Thomas church in Leipzig, Germany. (Source: EuroArts placed in youtube public domain)

Thomaner Boys Choir

Georg Christoph Biller - conductor

Ullrich Böhme - organ

Basso Continuo: Stefan Altner - organ / Bernd Strauss - Double bass / Günter Krause - Violoncello / Matthias Müller - Violin


The Order of Music:

0:00 J.S. Bach - Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

1:36 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Christe redemptor omnium

4:24 Ambrosius - Veni redemptor gentium

5:00 Johann Hermann Schein - Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

6:30 Heinrich Schütz - Deutsches Magnificat

14:25 Max Reger - Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

16:44 Max Reger - Unser lieben Frauen

18:58 J.S. Bach - Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr

20:34 E. Mauersberger/H. Kaminski - Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

22:40 Sigfrid Karg-Elert - Resonet in laudibus

25:10 J.S. Bach - Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

26:33 J.S. Bach - In dulci jubilo

29:14 J.S. Bach - Ich steh an deiner Krippen

31:29 J.S. Bach - Freut euch und jubiliert

32:51 J.S. Bach - Gloria in excelsis Deo

34:07 J.S. Bach - Präludium G-Dur

37:02 F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden

38:34 E. Mauersberger - Wach, Nachtigall, wach auf

40:58 E. Mauersberger - Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt

43:02 F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe

47:27 Altböhmisches Weihnachtslied - Freu dich, Erd und Sternenzelt

48:44 Altböhmisches Weihnachtslied - Lasst alle Gott uns loben

51:19 Max Reger - Vom Himmel hoch

52:45 Gustav Schreck - Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

55:45 J.S. Bach - In dulci jubilo

"See Amid the Winter's Snow"
(arranged in a new setting by
Gordon Thornett)

From Christmas Concert at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, in December 2010.

"See Amid the Winter's Snow"

(Original version, from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge).

“See Amid the Winter's Snow” by John Goss is played by David Christensen on the carillon at the University of California, Riverside. The piece was arranged by Milford Myhre.

“A Ceremony of Carols” (Britten): Christ Church Oxford 1982
(Director of Music: Francis Grier)

This 1982 Central TV production was filmed as a follow-up to an LP of the same name issued on the ASV label in 1982. The soloists on the LP are the same as here: Andrew Olleson (“That yongë child” and “Spring Carol”), Edward Harris (“Balulalow”, “In freezing winter night” and “Spring Carol”) and Mark Slater (“In freezing winter night”).

“A Ceremony of Carols”, Britten’s Op. 28, was written in 1942 while Britten was travelling by sea from the United States to England. It consists of eleven movements whose Middle English texts are taken from “The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems”, edited by Gerald Bullett. The processional and recessional chant is based on the Gregorian antiphon “Hodie Christus natus est”.

    1 Movements

        1.1 1. "Procession" ("Hodie Christus natus est", Gregorian antiphon to the Magnificat at Second Vespers of Christmas)

        1.2 2. "Wolcum Yole!"

        1.3 3. "There is no rose" (Trinity College MS 0.3.58, early 15c)

        1.4 4a. "That yonge child"

        1.5 4b. "Balulalow" (the brothers Wedderburn, fl. 1548)

        1.6 5. "As Dew in Aprille" (Sloane 2593, first quarter 15c)

        1.7 6. "This Little Babe" (from Robert Southwell's "Newe Heaven, Newe Warre", 1595)

        1.8 7."Interlude" (harp solo)

        1.9 8. "In Freezing Winter Night" (Southwell)

        1.10 9. "Spring Carol" (16c., also set by William Cornysh)

        1.11 10."Deo Gracias" (Sloane 2593)

        1.12 "Recession" ("Hodie")

"O Holy Night"
from the chapel of King's College (with lyrics)

"O Holy Night" sung by the

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir.

"O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam is played on the carillon of the University of California, Riverside by David Christensen. As the sounds of the bells gently fade into this Christmas Eve night of 2015.

"Once in Royal David's City"
(King's College Choir)
"We Three Kings"
(King's College Choir)
"While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night"
(King's College Choir)
"Silent Night"
(King's College Choir)

The Choir, Orchestra, and Congregation of Central Baptist Church, Bearden, sing John Rutter's setting of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" as part of the 2013 Bearden Christmas Festival.

"Silent Night"
sung by the Winchester Cathedral Choir

From Lessons and Carols Christmas service, 2013,

University Presbyterian Church Austin, Texas:

"O Come, All ye Faithful"

From Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa, Florida: "Joy to the World," arr. by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins.  The University of Tampa Combined Choirs with Audience, The Tampa Brass, Haig Mardirosian (organ), Ryan Herbert (conductor).

"O come, O come, Emannuel"

sung by the  West Point Military Academy Glee Club, 1988

"Sussex Carol"
(King's College Choir)
From Tabernacle Presbyterian Church:

The congregation and Sanctuary Choir of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church sing "O Come, All Ye Faithful." This is from the 35th annual telecast of "Christmas with Tab." The church is located at 34th and Central in Indianapolis.

André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra performing "O Holy Night" live in London. Taken from the DVD Christmas in London.
(Source: Placed by Andre Rieu into the youtube public domain).
From the Princeton University Chapel, the Westminster Choir College Choir sing "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
Joe Miller, conductor
Daryl Robinson, organist
and The Solid Brass)
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
(King's College Choir)
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
by Handel
(Winchester Cathedral Choir)

"See Amid the Winter's Snow"


Performed by the Birmingham Boys Choir at the 37th Annual Christmas Concert, December 2, 2014, Canterbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
Ken Berg, Music Director
Susan Berg, Associate Music Director and Pianist
Jeff Caulk, Erin Evans, Phillip Ritchey, Music Assistants

Bruce Ludwig, Organist
Dr. William Somerall, Oboe
Dr. Leonard Candelaria, Alexander and Ariana Candelaria-Fouse, trumpet

"O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Performed by the Birmingham Boys Choir at the 37th Annual Christmas Concert, December 2, 2014, Canterbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
Ken Berg, Music Director
Susan Berg, Associate Music Director and Pianist
Jeff Caulk, Erin Evans, Phillip Ritchey, Music Assistants

Bruce Ludwig, Organist
Dr. William Somerall, Oboe
Dr. Leonard Candelaria, Alexander and Ariana Candelaria-Fouse, trumpet
David Christensen plays "Joy to the World," on a 1966 Moller Pipe Organ:
From The Netherlands,
the Kampen Boys Choir sing
"O Come, All ye Faithful"

"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" with

The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

"The First Nowell"
(King's College Choir)
"In Dulci Jubilo"
(King's College Choir)
"Shepherd's Pipe Carol" (King's College Choir)
"Ding! Dong! Merrily on High"
(King's College Choir)

"Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”

sung by the Winchester Cathedral Choir

“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” is an English Christmas carol usually attributed as 'traditional'; its first written appearance is in William B. Sandys' Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern of 1833. It is most well known in John Gardner's adaptation, but numerous other composers have made original settings of it or arranged the traditional tune, including Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky, David Willcocks, John Rutter, Ronald Corp, Philip Stopford, Andrew Carter, Jamie W. Hall and Jack Gibbons. The verses of the hymn progress through the story of Jesus told in his own voice.

“I saw three ships come sailing in” (arr. David Willcocks) - Guildford Cathedral Choir (Barry Rose, conductor)

(From a broadcast live on BBC radio, December 25, 1970. The carol “I saw three ships” is of uncertain provenance but its words are believed to have been written by wandering minstrels in the Middle Ages. Some sources claim that in the original version the ships were those carrying the skulls of the three Wise Men to Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The tune, which is thought to originate in Derbyshire, was published in Sandys’ “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern” of 1833).

"I Saw Three Ships"
"I Saw Three Ships"
(King's College Choir)
"Away in a Manger"
(King's College Choir)
"Coventry Carol"
(King's College Choir)
"In the Bleak Mid-Winter"
(King's College Choir)
"A Spotless Rose"
(King's College Choir)
"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"
(King's College Choir)
"Away in a Manger"
(King's College Choir)

By kind permission of King's College, Cambridge, we bring you an exclusive performance of the much-loved Christmas carol Ding! Dong! Merrily on High. Filmed by the Guardian during rehearsals for the annual Carols from King's performance, choirmaster Stephen Cleobury explains the origins of the carol and his personal take on it before leading the choir through a beautiful rendition.

King's College Cambridge 1954

"A Festival of Lessons and Carols"

Digitally Remastered

Courtesy of BBC and youtube public domain.


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.

The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned hymn.

Here is a copy of the original script from the 1954 BBC television broadcast:

King's College Choir, Cambridge, "Nine Lessons and Carols" from 1992, provided on public domain youtube.

“Carols from St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne"

Live television broadcast from St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne on 24 December 2007 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with the cathedral choir, directed by June Nixon, and Siegfried Franke and Lachlan Redd (organists). We are very grateful to the ABC ( for giving "The Archive of Recorded Church Music" permission to upload this television programme into the public domain.


1. Once in royal David’s city (“Irby”)

2. King Jesus hath a garden (arr John Rutter)

3. Adam and his helpmate (arr Christopher Gower)

4. On Jordan’s bank (“Winchester New”)

5. Joys Seven (arr Stephen Cleobury)

6. Away in a manger (arr June Nixon)

7. Earth has many a noble city (“Stuttgart”)

8. Carol of the Star (arr June Nixon)

9. A Carol for all Seasons (Trad., arr Price)*

10. Unto us a boy is born (“Puer nobis”)

11. Stille Nacht (arr June Nixon)

12. O little town of Bethlehem (“Forest Green”)

13. Hark the herald angels sing (“Mendelssohn”)

14. Sir Christèmas (William Mathias)

15. O come, all ye faithful (“Adeste fideles”)


* played by the handbells of Trinity Grammar, Melbourne

“Worthy is the Lamb,” from Handel's Messiah, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

"Carols for Christmas"

Young boy soprano Aled Jones is the soloist with The Royal College of Music Chamber Choir singing traditional carols in the dramatic medieval setting of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, accompanied by images of masterpieces from the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York telling the story of Christmas. Also featuring the Farnaby Brass Ensemble.
(Provided by Werner Classics TV in public domain youtube)

"Hallelujah Chorus"

(from Messiah) G. F. Handel

Memphis Masterworks Chorale, Michael Divine, Guest Conductor

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

This is a radio drama produced on Christmas Eve, 1958, at WRVC-FM, a Norfolk radio station, where Gwen Whitehurst (Organist at South Norfolk Baptist) was often invited to play the piano, and where Jim and Joe Hughes worked while in college.  When the station was forced to close in the late 1960’s, due to financial problems, the Vice President, Dr. Clay, gave the original recordings of this radio play and "The Gift of the Magi," by O. Henry, (about a young married couple, and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other, with very little money;  a story with a  biblical lesson about gift-giving, read by Audrey Dickens), to Joe as a parting gift.  It is here offered for you at the Christmas season, a time when we remember and honor the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Charles Dickens’ story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future Yet to Come. 


This live studio production, which features the great grandson of Charles Dickens, is set within a religious context, with the use of the hymn, “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow,” also known as “Hymn for Christmas Day,” written by Edward Caswall, with music composed by Sir John Goss.  It is found in many hymnbooks, and sung at Christmastime.



1.  See, amid the winter's snow,

Born for us on Earth below,

See, the tender Lamb appears,

Promised from eternal years.



'Hail, thou ever blessed morn,'

'Hail redemption's happy dawn,'

'Sing through all Jerusalem,'

'Christ is born in Bethlehem.


2.  Lo, within a manger lies

He who built the starry skies;

He who, throned in height sublime,

Sits among the cherubim.



3.  Teach, O teach us, Holy Child,

By Thy face so meek and mild,

Teach us to resemble Thee,

In Thy sweet humility.


Choir: Temple Church, London

Organist: Sir George Thalben-Ball


"The Gift of the Magi" by O'Henry
Christmas Music from
First United Methodist Church,
Houston, Texas:
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Canadian Staff Band, with David Briggs on organ and the audience sing a rousing rendition of Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing. Recorded live at TMC's Festival of Carols concert, December 9, 2015, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church:
"A History of Christmas Carols in the United Kingdom"
(courtesy of the Associated Press Archives)

"A Cause for Carolling"

For the first eight decades of the 18th century, 'While Shepherds Watched' was the only Christmas hymn authorised for use within the Church of England. Because of this, hundreds of different tunes became attached to the words of this iconic carol.

With the support of live musical examples, the importance to Christmas Past and Present of our festive favourites will be examined.  Jeremy Summerly, presents a lecture for Gresham College at Barnard’s Inn Hall.  Jeremy is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music; and also chairs the Academy’s Continuing Professional Development Programe.

You can access this lecture by "left clicking" with your "mouse" on the following website link below, which will take you directly to the lecture:

(More Carillon music from Ridgecrest, guest speakers, and other Ridgecrest-specific audio; as well as more information about RBA and Joe, is available on the "Audio" web page).