Can you identify a backwards carol?
Who doesn’t love a carol at Christmas? The familiar tunes offer a shared musical experience, conjuring up the smell of mince pies and mulled wine, the sight of snowy landscapes on Christmas cards and the feel of that scratch in your favourite Christmas jumper as you settle down in front of the fire.
Have a listen to four short clips made by Radio 3's Choir and Organ programme below and see if you can identify the carols we’re playing backwards on the organ. Some carols are easier to identify than others. You may recognise the tune in some of them, others you’ll recognise by the "feel" of the piece. And you might find the odd clue in the photos...
Listen to each of the clips as many times as you like, and try not to have a sneaky peek at the answers until you think you have them all… or can’t work out what they are.
Click below each of the clips for the answers and share this quiz with your friends and family – challenge them to our Backwards Carols Quiz this Christmas!
Let’s start off easy and offer some clues. You’ll find these first three carols in practically every church carol service at Christmas time… probably in this order too!
Here are three carols with just the melody line. Does this make it easier or harder to identify these?
If you’ve attended, or taken part in, a children’s carol concert you’ll know these next three carols off by heart.
How well are you doing so far? Have you got all of our carols? Some of these next six might be a little trickier for you, unless they are a favourite with your choir of course!
Enjoyed the quiz?
You can enjoy more much more with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Choir and Organ this Christmas.