Hello. I’m off to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College this afternoon, which is always a joyous experience, and then I will be busy doing various Christmassy things, so I will take this opportunity to wish all readers of this blog a Merry Christmas. If you want to listen to the carol service, it’s live on Radio 4 at 3pm, and you can play Spot the Gareth in the televised service on BBC2 later in the afternoon. It was recorded a couple of weeks ago, but if there was ever a facade that it was live then even Stephen Cleobury has given up pretending.
This is a Brahms chorale prelude on ‘Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen’ that will be played before the service today. It’s one of my favourite pieces of Christmas music. I remember when I first heard it – it was on some enchanted evening, possibly across a crowded room. It’s meant for the organ, but you can play it on the piano, though you generally don’t, but in fact I generally do, not being an organist. Anyway, have a good one.