“It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”
Will there be a vaccine? Can we visit dear old Gran this Christmas? Will we have to go to your parents for Christmas? Can we go ski-ing? Can we book a holiday? Will we be able to go to concerts again?
There’s a more than usual amount of hope this Advent, not just for the coming of Christmas but the resumption of ‘normal’ life very soon, so we at musicOMH’s classical team thought it might be a good idea to offer a musical memory or seasonal delight for each day of the season. Just as, when you open your calendar to get at your chocs, some windows will show an angel whilst others a toy drum, our selections are a mixture of the serious and offbeat.
Strictly speaking, Advent began on November 29th and ends on December 24th, but most Advent Calendars (which we have been reminded should really be called ‘December Calendars’) commence with the first day of December, and so we begin then with a rousing start to the month in the shape of Jeremiah Clarke’s Prince of Denmark’s March.