UK’s top 10 carols to be revealed in Songs Of Praise Christmas Big Sing

Date: 18.12.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: BBC One
The results of the first-ever online vote on Songs Of Praise to discover the nation’s most popular carols will be announced during Big Sing: The UK’s Top 10 Carols, hosted by Aled Jones.

Thousands of viewers chose their favourite from a list of 30 popular carols that have been heard regularly on Songs Of Praise in recent years. The top 10 will be featured in a special edition of Songs Of Praise, Big Sing: The UK’s Top 10 Carols from the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 22 December on BBC One, as well as the announcement of the all-important number one.

Five thousand singers, the 40-piece Big Sing orchestra, stage choirs and star guests - including Susan Boyle, Michael Ball, classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte, soprano Hayley Westenra and the all-boy choir Libera sing some of the greatest and best-known carols ever written.

Which carol will be number one? Will it be Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, or perhaps O Come All Ye Faithful? Maybe it will be In The Bleak Midwinter or O Little Town of Bethlehem.

The carols in the top 10 (in alphabetical order, not in order of popularity) are:

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • In The Bleak Midwinter
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  • Joy To The World
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Once In Royal David’s City
  • Silent Night

Notes to Editors

The carols will be sung by the following performers for The Big Sing:

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Stage Choirs and Audience
  • In The Bleak Midwinter – Susan Boyle
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Stage Choirs and Audience
  • Joy To The World – Stage Choirs and Audience
  • O Come All Ye Faithful – Stage Choirs and Audience
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Stage Choirs and Audience
  • O Holy Night – Michael Ball
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem – Hayley Westenra
  • Once In Royal David’s City – Jonathan and Charlotte
  • Silent Night – Libera

More than 25,000 took part in the poll by voting at bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise

Big Sing: The UK’s Top 10 Carols was produced by Matthew Napier. Tommy Nagra is the Executive Producer.

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