Shepherds Arise! Old Sussex Carols, Christ Church

Type:Christmas Event

Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1BL

Tel: 01273 476757

Christmas candle with holly


A selection of beautiful old West Gallery carols from Sussex villages in glorious vocal harmony accompanied by flute, fiddle, bassoon, serpent, clarinet, whistles, recorders and concertina. Between the carols are readings about Christmas in Sussex in the past, and the musicians play lively dance tunes from old Sussex manuscripts. There is also a Sussex Mummers' play. In Sussex, Mummers were called Tipteerers.
This is a lovely celebration of Christmas from earlier centuries, still full of the joy and delight it gave then.
The carols and dance tunes are from 18th. and 19th. century handwritten manuscripts mostly held at Barbican House, Lewes, by the Sussex Archaeological Society. In 1982 a selection of the dance tunes was assembled by Dr. Vic Gammon and Anne Loughran and published as 'A Sussex Tune Book' by the English Folk Dance & Song Society.
Dr. Gammon also researched the carols and gathered musicians and singers to perform them under the name Hope In The Valley forty-seven years ago. Eddie Upton later directed Hope In The Valley and Mary Motley took over after him.
The current group was assembled by Stuart Walker in 2013 to bring this beautiful collection of old Sussex music back to life. This year, Mary Motley takes up the baton again.
Retiring collection for church funds.

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