Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
Music for Christmas
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"
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.
"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).

"O Holy Night"
from the chapel of King's College (with lyrics)
"O Holy Night"
from the chapel of King's College (without lyrics)

"O Holy Night" sung by the

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir.

"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.

"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 1906 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)
"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.

"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)
"I Saw Three Ships"
(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

"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 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
"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, which will take you directly to the lecture: