We've also been along this evening to a concert of Brahms' German Requiem at a nearby church, home to a rather marvellous choir. Now, a requiem might hardly seem like a precursor to festivity, but it was beautifully executed. and uplifting According to the programme, Brahms was not religious but chose the texts from the Lutheran Bible to give comfort and consolation to the living and finally promise them rest. Maybe rather more apposite for the next few weeks than it first seems.
If your preference is for something more obviously seasonal you could do worse than find something in the Book of Christmas Melodies. I bought it in a charity shop, attracted by the jolly cover - I do love a wall. I was planning to cannibalise it to make cards but I just couldn't do it. In my head a day will come when someone will play on an upright piano all the unheard of carols just to please me. As that is somewhat unlikely, I have been amusing myself thinking how I might be able to illustrate some of the lesser known carols and include them in the calendar, like this for example:
|Sketch by John from life drawing class with carol music|
In other acts of silliness, the search is already on for an "Angel's Trump". It was mentioned in a programme I watched about Tallis and Byrd this week and now I've got to find one. If you'd like to commission or even contribute something not too unreasonable yourself for the advent calendar please do. I am definitely up for a quest.
Oh, and the other thing I learnt today is that I definitely need more music in my life.
Many thanks for your comments on the gold coins post about charity. I very much appreciate your sharing your perspectives on such a personal topic, and it was some consolation to find that I am not the only one who has decided that lines have to be drawn somewhere.