The Christmas carol sing is a long standing song circle tradition: everyone expected to join in (even if you only know chorus and some of the words to the first verse), inside, outdoors, meticulously planned or spontaneous outburst, accompanied by an organ, school band or a cappella, often with the promise of sweets and warming libations afterwards.  The Elora Festival Singers performed their annual Festival of Carols which combines performance pieces with audience participation numbers.  The small venue (St. John’s Anglican Church), wonderful acoustics, and exquisite voices made me feel as though I was hovering just over my seat, somewhere in the air where the voices mingled then poured over our ears.  Unbelievable experience!

What was your favourite seasonal song this year?  A traditional carol with a new twist?  A modern Christmas ballad?

To end the year off here is a sweet Christmas song for you:

Tristan Prettyman & Jason Mraz

Whatever your religious or spiritual persuasion I hope you took the opportunity to raise your voice in song or otherwise delighted by aural pleasure.  Looking forward to more musical adventures in 2011!

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