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Thursday, 24 December 2009
Angels We Have Heard On HighThe words of this song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes (literally, "Angels in our countryside"). Its most common English version was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick.
This recording is from Carols by Candlelight. Every Christmas Eve since around 1955, in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl here in Melbourne, the carols have been performed and proceeds go to the RVIB. (Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind.) And every Christmas Eve, hundreds of people have their television stations tuned to channel 9 watching this wonderful performance.
Just to add, this recording has the best version of "Angels We Have Heard On High". The singer is Mariah Carey and this song has sort of become her "signature" piece at the carols. Thousands of people sit on chairs, and on the grass, holding a lighted candle, waving them around for two or three hours every Christmas Eve.