Today, I sing an old version of the Christmas carol, ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’. This is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti. The poem was published, under the title’ A Christmas Carol’ in the January 1872 issue of “Scribner’s Monthly”. The poem first appeared set to music in ‘The English Hymnal’ in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst. Harold Darke’s anthem setting of 1911 is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world's leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008.
With the Covid-19 pandemic this past year, many of us will have had a bleak winter. However, with the latest news an hour ago that a Covid vaccine has been approved by the British Medical Board, spring and summer 21 should be a much better time to look forward to.
Merry Christmas everyone. Love and peace Bill and Sheila xxx