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Jeremy Summerly discovers what he believes is the first carol in the English language.
Jeremy Summerly ponders the success of new carols over the last century.
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In the first half of the 20th century, carols from all over the world are becoming popular
Jeremy Summerly traces the beginnings of the famous carol service to Truro, 1918.
How the gallery tradition, squeezed out of 19th-century church worship, refused to die.
By the mid 19th century, the singing of carols was once again hugely popular.
Jeremy Summerly traces the origins and traditions of the Christmas carol in Britain
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Jeremy Summerly visits Dorchester, where Thomas Hardy captured the caroling tradition.
Jeremy describes the impact of the Reformation and later Puritan attitudes to music.
Jeremy Summerly uncovers a developing professionalism in carol singing and writing.
How the Franciscans used the carol to make the birth of Jesus a focus.