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Bleak Midwinter named best carol

In The Bleak Midwinter has been named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts.

The song came out top in the BBC Music magazine poll above well-known carols Silent Night, Ding Dong Merrily on High and Once in Royal David’s City.

Pearsall’s 1837 arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo and Herbert Howells’ A Spotless Rose were voted second and third.

The list was voted for by 51 directors of music in the UK and US.

Gustav Holst wrote a popular version of In the Bleak Midwinter in 1909, but it was Harold Darke’s arrangement from 1911 – which begins with a solo voice rather than full choir – that won the poll.

Full story at BBC News.

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