A Thought on Christmas

Christmases whilst growing up on a farm in North Wales were idyllic, with constant gatherings of family and friends, wonderful Nativity plays, and snowy fields becoming Christmas playgrounds. They also had their singalongs of contrasting musical styles, full of festive cheer. Nothing has really changed. Now all roads at Christmas lead to home, with all its meanings and traditions, peace and goodwill. The roasting turkey, mince pies, the scent of mulled wine wafting through the air, the living room happily made messy with wrapping paper galore.

Bryn Terfel - Carols & Christmas SongsMusic always a constant background accompaniment, and such an integral part of the festive period. How excited I was at the prospect of recording some of these wonderful songs, especially knowing that the Welsh repertoire would also find its way onto the list. I do hope you can share in my enjoyment of recording these special Christmas melodies, and a heartfelt thanks to all the friends who joined me in the making of this album. To quote one of my duet partners, “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it white.” Bing!

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