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The Story of Christmas in words and music, with Andrew Cruickshank and The Saint Martin Singers.

‘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. Now, with this recording, 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 the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. 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.

©1976 BBC (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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The very best celebration for a heart at Christmas

I love this recording it is the best compilation of poetry, music and scripture I have heard. It causes the listener to contemplate the profound mystery of the season. I have listened to it for years now and I treasure it!

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Timeless classic

This remains a powerful portrayal of the events surrounding the first Christmas - combining genttle carols and the timeless beauty of Andrew Cruickshank's voice.
Thought this was lost for all time - thank you for making it available once more!
For those who were not even born in the sixties this has to be listened to - there is quality that is sadly missing in many much more modern productions.

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