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Why Was the Partridge in the Pear Tree? Unravelling the Stories Behind Christmas Carols

Literature & Arts; Music
4.7 out of 5 From 50 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 From 50 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

Everyone loves a Christmas carol, but have you ever wondered how they began? Why would someone send their true love a menagerie of animals for Christmas, and what was the partridge doing in the pear tree in the first place?

Join Claire as she explores the wonderful, and sometimes weird, world of Christmas carols. Discover which popular carol began its life as a folk song about a dead ox, and which ones are possibly more Pagan than Christian.

We will also learn the history of the popular Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols.

You will not need any prior musical knowledge to enjoy this talk, and you will not be required to sing!

So pour a sherry, break out the mince pies, and cuddle up by the fire as we explore the history and folklore of Christmas carols. Santa hats optional.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Claire

Born and raised in Cornwall, Claire came to Cardiff to undertake a music degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

She graduated in 2003, with specialisms in recital, ensemble, performance practice, and 19th Century opera; her dissertation subject was Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Claire plays the viola in the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she has worked with performers including Brian Blessed and Michael Sheen, and also writes programme notes for the orchestra. For several years she was Principal Viola at the Harlech Orchestral Summer School, where she performed many major orchestral solos. In 2010 she played viola on the UK top 30 album Dirt by Kids In Glass Houses. Claire loves all kinds of music, and plays the violin in the Welsh Fiddle Orchestra; ukulele/banjolele and mandolin in Ukulele Wolves; and sings in Quaynotes Choir. She also plays the piano.

Claire believes passionately that music belongs to everyone, and especially enjoys bringing to life the stories of composers and their works.

Preparing for the Event

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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

More Information

What if I can’t make the event?

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Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?

Your camera and microphone does not need to be on for you to enjoy the event. The choice about whether to do this is completely yours.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 From 50 reviews