As Coventry gets ready to celebrate the City of Culture in 2021, there is no better way to celebrate our heritage than sharing the gifts of our city. We gathered all our schools to sing a part of the Coventry Carol as our Christmas virtual card to all those we partner in our city and beyond.
Thank you to all the staff and pupils for their contribution in this video. Particular thanks to Paul Madia, Executive Principal for editing and forming the Coventry Carol as one seamless video. Thank you!
The “Coventry Carol” is an English Christmas Carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew.
The music contains a well-known example of a Picardy third. The author is unknown; the oldest known text was written down by Robert Croo in 1534, and the oldest known setting of the melody dates from 1591.