One of our popular Christmas pieces is The Oxen, a poem by Thomas Hardy and set to music by Paul Guppy, our Musical Director.
The poem recounts the Christmas legend that descendants of the beasts who knelt in reverence at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, continue to do so on Christmas Eve to this day. Hardy had included the tale in Tess of the D’Urbervilles but published it separately as a poem in 1915.
The Oxen can be heard on our CD of Christmas Music Awake Ye Mortals All but you can also listen to it (for free!) on the BBC website here.
We will be holding a Christmas Concert at the Shepherds Church, Over Wyresdale, (Abbeystead, near Lancaster), Lancashire on Thursday 19th December, 8pm.
Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.
The Shepherd’s Church, Over Wyresdale. Photo by Rebecca Moon.