watervole: (Xmas)
I send very few Christmas cards these days, as there's an environmental cost for every card I send.

However, I still want to greet my friends at Christmas, and I also want to give to charity the money I'm saving on cards.

So, for each of my friends (and regular visitors to this journal) who download the card and post something in the comments, I'll donate 70p to the Dorset Wildlife Trust.  This is their 50th anniversary and they've challenged their members to try and raise £50 each.

Here's the link - it's from a professional site, one I have used for a couple of years now and I've never had any viruses or other nasties from it.

Silent Night



watervole: (Xmas)
If you'd like a selection of traditional carols (including the Ilkley Moor version of 'While Shepherds Watched'), then you could do a lot worse than order Christmas is Come In (if you know [livejournal.com profile] birdsedge then you'll already know the excellent quality of Artisan's singing). It's got a lovely collection of folk carols as well as better known ones like Silent Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (the latter was a folk tune originally, of course!) Artisan sing acapella and I've loved their music ever since I started going to folk festivals.
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In lieu of sending paper Xmas cards, here's my seasonal wish for you all.  (I've been using this site for a couple of years, it's genuine, no viruses)

Xmas music

Nov. 29th, 2007 11:23 am
watervole: (concertina)
Went to have my verruca attacked by the local foot health clinic.  I think the verruca is winning at present, so we're going to have a second attempt to freeze it in January.

While there, I got chatting with the nurse (ex NHS and very, very happy to be self-employed).  She's choir-master of one of the local church choirs and they're unusually successful in attracting and keeping younger choristers.  It may have something to do with the fact that they treat the choir as a social group and organise everything from beach parties to discos.  The kids also seem to do well as singers, though.  She was telling me about her younger son who is just taking his Bishop's award and there's a lot of musical theory and a wide range of stuff that he has to be able to sing.  Sounded quite a challenge.

Anyway, I bought their Xmas carol CD.  I do love carols and there's a few pieces on it that I'm not familiar with along with the ones I know.  I've just noticed that she's the soloist on "Lo, how a rose", so I shall see how it comes out.  (The risk with any non-professional CD is not the standard of singing, but the standard of the recording...)

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