29th November 2023

The Church of England



Has released a Christmas single

The Church of England has released a Christmas single, as part of a campaign encouraging people to come to church, sing carols, and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

The song is a new version of the time-honoured text, The First Nowell, written by renowned composer, and former King's Singer, Bob Chilcott.

But it is a Christmas single like no other as, rather than just one artist, it will be performed by choirs up and down the country, as part of carol services and concerts for Christmas and Advent.

With performances planned in venues from Bethnal Green to Beverley, and from amateur choirs up to some of the country's finest cathedral choirs, the song will celebrate the tradition of singing carols, and the part it plays in people's Christmas celebrations.

A recording of the new carol has been released today and will be shared across digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and YouTube.

It is performed by St Martin's Voices, with organ and brass quintet.

More than 3,000 people have signed up to sing the carol so far, with performances planned at Cathedrals including Chichester, Lincoln and Winchester.

In addition a live performance will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at Midnight on Christmas Eve from Portsmouth Cathedral, featuring musicians from the Royal Marines.

Listen to The First Nowell (YouTube)


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