REC 256 God rest you merry gentlemen by Andrew Cruickshank

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Catalogue numberREC 256
TitleGod rest you merry gentlemen
Artist(s)Andrew Cruickshank
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label codeD
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byPye Records (Sales) Ltd
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreMusic - Religious
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesREC 256 A-1X L 1
REC 256 B-1X B 1
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1PROLOGUE 'God rest you merry' v1, Reading Isiah 40 vv 1-5, Fanfare 'Gloria in excelsis Deo' - Martin Shaw, Reading 'The Guest', 'Hark, the glad sound' [Psalter / Doddridge]
A2THE ANUNCIATION Reading St. Matthew 1 v23, 'O come, O come Immanuel' v1, Great O Antiphons, Reading St. Luke 1 vv 26-27, 'Gabriel's message', Reading St. Luke 1 vv 30-33, 'O come, O [Thomas Helmore]
A3THE STABLE Reading St. Luke vv 1-7, 'In the bleak mid-winter' vv 1-3, Reading 'But art Thou come, dear saviour ?, 'In the bleak mid-winter' v4 [Holst / Rossetti]
A4THE NATIVITY Reading Isiah 9 vv 2 and 6, 'Nowell, nowell' v1, Reading from 'Ode on the morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Nowell, nowell' vv 2-3, Reading 'Before the paling of the stars' [Milton / Rossetti]
A5ON CHRISTMAS DAY Reading 'The Nativity', Sussex carol, Reading 'I saw three ships', 'Dong dong! merrily on high' vv 1-2 [Vaughan, L'Official / Woodward]
B1THE ANGELS 'God rest you merry' v2, Reading St. Luke 2 vv 8-14, 'Shepherds! shake off your drowsy sleep', Reading 'The Angels for the Nativity of our Lord', 'God rest your merry' v3 [Drummond]
B2THE SHEPHERDS Reading St. Luke 2 v 15, 'God rest you merry' v4, Reading St. Luke 2 vv 16-20 'While shepherds watched', Reading from 'Christmas', 'God rest you merry' v5, Re [Northrop / Tate, Herbert]
B3THE MAGI 'The first novell' v3, Reading St. Matthew 2, vv 1-6, 'The firth novell' v4, Reading St. Matthew 2 vv 10-11, 'The first novell' v5, Reading from 'The School of Charity', 'Susanni' [Underhill]
B4THE VIRGIN MARY 'The infant King' v1, Reading 'I sing of a master', 'The infant King' vv 2-3, Reading 'Christmas crib', 'The infant King' v4, Reading 'He who did wear' [Baring-Gould, Stewart, Stewart, Stewart, Beaum]
B5EPOLOGUE 'O little one sweet' v1, Reading St. John 1 vv 1-14, 'Puer Natus' vv 1-4, Reading 'Et Incarnatus', 'Puer Natus' v5 [Bach / Scheidt]
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Duplicate item 1Reason Written on, condition SMDY
Run off code(s) REC 256 A-1<>X L 1
REC 256 B-1<>X B 1
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Run off code(s) REC 256 A-1<>X L 1
REC 256 B-1<>X B 1


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The story of Christmas in words and music compiled by The Rev. W. D. Kennedy-Bell with Andrew Cruichshank and The Saint Martin Singers.
Conductor: W. D. Kennedy-Bell.

'God rest you merry', a daily programme of readings and music for Christmas week, was first broadcast in the BBC Home Service in 1961 and has been repeated in various forms over the years since then. On each occasion many requests have been received for information both about the music, which has always been sung by the Saint Martin Singers, and also about the readings which in 1969 were spoken for the first time by Andrew Cruickshank. Now, with this record, listeners can hear again the series of programmes as a whole, including some of their favourite poems and carols.

The Saint Martin Singers date back to 1942, and owe their origin to a small band of fire-watchers at trhe church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields who in that year began to while away the tedious hours of inactivity by singing together. Almost weekely since then their successors have continued to meet in St. Martin's to sing unaccompanied music of all kinds, dating from mediaeval times to the present day. They call themselves the Saint Martin Singers almost as a battle honour, since they are not otherwise connected with St. Martin's.

Among the things which the Singers enjoy most, and have pioneered, are their programmes of music interwoven with poetry and prose to illustrate a theme, of which those you can hear on this record are examples in miniature. Christmas is always the most popular theme of all because the story of the Nativity has inspired the best in writers and musicians ever since St. Luke wrote the first narrative poem.

Andrew Cruickshank, the actor, needs little or no introduction. He made his first appearance on the London stage in 1930, since when he ahs acted at the Old Vic, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and in America, and has reached a very wide audience with his television appearancs, notably as Dr. Cameron in 'Dr. Finlay's Casebook'. He is a keen student of theology and has become well known for his readings of religious prose and poetry.

The Rev. W. D. Kennedy-Bell was on the staff of St. Martin-in-the-Fields when he first became conductor of The Saint Martin Singers in 1947. A year later, he joined the Religious Broadcasting Department at the BBC as Overseas Religious Broadcasting Organiser, a post which he held until his retirement from the BBC in 1975. He has been responsible for many radio and other programmes which combine music with the spoken word. he is also Reader at The Temple Church in London.

Other versions

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Other versions

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[albums]REC 429Christmas carols from Canterbury Cathedral

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