Whilst there’s a real comfort to be gained from tried and tested traditions, there’s an associated risk that familiarity may breed contempt. A time-travelling visitor from the late Victorian Era might be surprised at how little has changed in many of our corporate celebrations of Christmas; we so often sing the same carols, use the same instruments and choral arrangements, and still gather in candlelight despite the extraordinary advances in technology.
In Hunsdon, we like to sing the carols of yesteryear just like anyone else (see Carols by Starlight, too!), but we also remember that they were once new. Today’s hymn-writers are finding beautiful ways of expressing the truths and glory of the Christmas story through music and lyrics which are more in keeping with our own times – new songs created for new instruments which are expected to be sung in a setting where electric lighting is available (even if not used).
Our Carols Old and New celebration is always held at 11am on the Sunday immediately before Christmas Day.
Here are some videos of a selection of the new songs we might sing if you join us this year.