Illustration by Kate Anderson
Illustration by Kate Anderson

Carols Through Time comes to Hove

Candlelit carol concert of traditional favourites from across Europe - by The Telling

Think you know all about the carol? Think again! Acclaimed early music ensemble The Telling bring the stories behind the earliest carols from the Middle Ages and traditional carols from across Europe to St Barnabas Church, Hove on Fri 8 Dec with candlelight, atmosphere, mulled wine and bespoke projected animations by Kate Anderson. You can join a free pre-concert workshop and sing with us too! Hear a preview on BBC Radio 3’s InTune on 6th December.

Early music group The Telling bring their critically acclaimed Christmas tour Carols Through Time to St Barnabas Church, Hove on Fri 8 Dec, 7.30pm. The programme explores a mix of uplifting and intimate mediaeval English carols and traditional carols from across Europe in an atmospheric setting with candlelight and bespoke projected animations by Kate Anderson. Warm mulled wine and soft drinks will be served during the interval.

The programme features carols from The Telling’s critically acclaimed Secret Life of Carols CD, which reached No 25 in the Classical Chart upon release in 2019 via First Hand Records. It was selected for The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, The Daily Mail and Classic FM’s “Best Christmas Album” lists, received a 4-star review from BBC Music Magazine and was described as “the absolute favourite” in a wonderful review from Classic FM: “ the absolute favourite is the crowd-funded album The Secret Life of Carols… an unexpected delight from beginning to end, and really strongly recommended.” – David Mellor, Classic FM (2019)

Plus, at 5.45pm-6.30pm, don’t miss the chance to join The Telling’s singer Clare Norburn in a FREE pre-concert workshop to learn some of the carols from the programme and be invited to sing during the concert if you wish. All ages and abilities are welcome.

The Telling has a growing reputation for intimate, staged concerts to bring old music off the page. “You don’t need to know anything about classical or mediaeval music to enjoy and come along – and even to join a singing session so you can join in some of the carols in the concert,” explains singer Clare Norburn. “We perform some numbers while moving around the audience and use lighting and candlelight and we’ll tell you some of the stories behind the carols too. Carols were quite revolutionary in their day. They were the music of the people, in the language of the people – at a time when the church service was in Latin. They were all about joining in.”

The Telling will provide a sneak preview of their programme on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on 6 Dec. This follows multiple appearances on BBC Radio 3 and 4 in the past, including a live performance of carols on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live which received wonderful listener feedback including: “On Saturday I drove my daughter to her carols rehearsal, got in the car to drive home, and turned on the radio. Saturday Live, a programme I never listen to, was on and I was set to turn it off when you started to sing ‘Lullay, my child’, and I was captivated by it. Spellbound, really.”

This concert is part of an 11-date tour across England and Wales. Tickets for cost £5-£14 and are available to book online now at

Carols Through Time – The Telling
Fri 8 Dec, 7.30pm – 9.10pm St Barnabas Church,
88 Sackville Rd, Hove, BN3 3HE

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