12/19/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Have you heard this traditional Christmas carol yet this season?
BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZm2NsZnJHE - Sussex Carol - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, 2008
BONUS #2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbJunQIfkvo - Sussex Carol - The King's Singers and Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2014
BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxgasOnXhYM - Sussex Carol - Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band, 1987
The "Sussex Carol" is a Christmas carol popular in Britain, sometimes referred to by its first line "On Christmas night all Christians sing". Its words were first published by Luke Wadding, a 17th-century Irish bishop, in a work called Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (1684). It is unclear whether Wadding wrote the song or was recording an earlier composition.
Both the text and the tune to which it is now sung were discovered and written down by Cecil Sharp in Buckland, Gloucestershire, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Harriet Verrall of Monk's Gate, near Horsham, Sussex (hence "Sussex Carol"). The tune to which it is generally sung today is the one Vaughan Williams took down from Mrs. Verrall and published in 1919.
An earlier version using a different tune and a variation on the first line, "On Christmas night true Christians sing", was published as early as 1878 in Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer's Christmas Carols New and Old. The carol has been arranged by a number of composers. Vaughan Williams' setting is found in his Eight Traditional English Carols. Several years earlier, Vaughan Williams had included the carol in his Fantasia on Christmas Carols, first performed at the 1912 Three Choirs Festival at Hereford Cathedral. Erik Routley's arrangement in the 1961 University Carol Book adds a modal inflection to the setting. The carol often appears at the King's College "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols", where it is performed in arrangements by either David Willcocks or Philip Ledger, both former directors of music at the chapel. Willcock's arrangement appears in the first OUP Carols for Choirs...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toDurwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 - Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA ANDJoyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
|THIS DAY IN WWII:|
THIS DAY IN 1966:
|Monday, December 19, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and producer Chuckii Booker was born in Los Angeles, California.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/18/14:
|“Being humble means
recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become,
but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
Thanks so much, Susan!
FOR THE ARCHIVE:
| Do you recall
a few days
ago when I posted an exciting offer from the son of
Mrs. Helen Hardy
Shelton, Bob Shelton of Northern VA, for a few of her yearbooks?
Do you further recall that I mentioned I had already gleefully jumped at
the chance to have her copy of the 1951 Anchor??
Well, he sent he sent that
outstanding volume to me a few days ago, so here's the second of many
treats I gleaned from it!
By the way, the 1950, 1952, and 1956 yearbooks are still looking for a happy home. With Bob's permission, I posted his offer on the NNHS Alumni Facebook page. Meanwhile, if you feel that happy home is with you, contact Bob directly:Bob Shelton
Thank you again, Bob!
1951 Anchor, p. 78
Courtesy of Bob Shelton of Northern VA
Thanks so much, Bob!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/15:
|Thanks, Joan! Merry Christmas!|
saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?”
From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#29 in a series of 30)":
|MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/09/16 - "Are we having fun yet with Santa? (#9 in a series of 19)":
BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:
|Hmmm. For a variety of "interesting" reasons, this feature seems to be missing today. It could be remedied if I could actually think straight, but, ah, that's not going to happen today. Sorry!|