Tag Archives: Christmas

The song of Tiny Tim

What do you usually buy for Christmas? High on my list of presents for friends is the gift that I most like to receive myself – books. The Christmas period is one of the busiest times of the year for … Continue reading

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Polka-ing round the Christmas tree

Thought it was all comic songs and sentimental ballads in the UL’s Victorian sheet music collection? Think again! These nineteenth century composers and their illustrators also favoured us with dances galore – perfect for dancing around one’s drawing room to … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols at MusiCB3

MusiCB3 is looking very festive lately. The much-admired Pendlebury Christmas decorations are up, and the exhibition cases in the Anderson Room are showing off some of the Music Department’s Christmas-related items. One of the Anderson Room cases is devoted to … Continue reading

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The shipping forecast

Here in the Music Department, we were discussing Christmas traditions – Kate, who has spent time in Holland told us about Sinterklaas, Anna, originally from Belgium, then expanded on that. Sinterklaas traditionally arrives on a ship, along with his helpers … Continue reading

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Odd bedfellows

I came across a thread on a Facebook group recently which threw up a fascinating story quite unexpectedly. One of the members of the group was looking for alternative settings of hymns and canticles to unexpected tunes. One of my particular … Continue reading

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A very spooky Christmas

As well as the usual delights of the festive season—feasting , games, music and dancing—telling stories has long been a feature, especially spooky stories, which became increasingly popular in Victorian times, reaching their height in the early twentieth century when M.R. … Continue reading

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Christmas dinner in the Anderson Room

Dear readers, I know that it is still just about November, but…Christmas is coming! I have had fun in the last few days finding new, festive exhibits for our food-and-drink-themed exhibition in the Anderson Room, which is up until the … Continue reading

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