For those of you who want to know what I'm ranting about in my previous post, here are the two versions of the carols - the one I'm used to in England and the ones sung by Canadians. First Oh Little Town of Bethlehem. The English version which was a folk song adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1903.
and here is the version sung in Canada (eek). Music by Louis Redner, an organist from Philadelphia, written in 1868.
Now for In the Bleak midwinter. Based on a poem by Christina Rossetti. Beautiful English version first by Holst. (1906)
and now for the version my Canadian family sing. Music by Harold Darke (1909). I see this version (not MY favourite) was voted the world's best Christmas carol in a poll of choirmasters. There's no accounting for taste is there?
Whichever version is "your" version , even if it's the wrong one, I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy carolling!