Local poet’s Christmas carol to feature in BBC documentary

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A former Kent teacher’s poem Adam’s Fall will feature in the forthcoming documentary “100 Years of Carols at Kings” broadcast this December.

David Broadbridge’s words were put to music by Richard Elfyn Jones and performed to a worldwide audience by the choir of King’s College Cambridge.

Broadbridge’s work has previously been performed in both Canterbury and Salisbury cathedrals.

Broadbridge said: “I was approached by my publisher to write an invocatory carol – the first carol in the regular Christmas service of nine lessons and carols.

“Choirs are often on the lookout for new things to sing at Christmas because we hear the same pieces every year, but I had no idea it would be picked up by King’s College Cambridge who are arguably one of the finest choirs in the world.”

David Broadbridge

First performed on Christmas Eve 2017, the carol was heard by an audience of millions as part of Carols from King’s which is broadcast around the world.

The carol also features on the choir’s latest CD ‘100 Years of Nine Lessons and Carols’ which is currently at number one in the specialist classical music charts.

Broadbridge was introduced to the world of church music by friend Chris Gower, organist at Peterborough cathedral. Having studied English and theology at St Edmund’s Hall Oxford, he feels writing Christmas carols is like coming full circle.

“There is a big difference between writing poems and carols. You’ve got to think musically, where the refrains sit and where the emphasis falls in the sentence.

The music and the words have an integrity and they need to marry together well. I think the reason the carol has had an impact, it’s because of that.”

Broadbridge will be reading Adam’s Fall and other of his Christmas poems as part of an annual candlelight concert of Christmas music held in St Mildred’s church at 7:30pm on 21st December. Tickets are £10 and the proceeds will go towards the Sick Children’s Trust, The Royal Marsden Hospital, and the Friends of St Mildred’s.

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