Posted: 27 November 2018

Why you should go carol singing this Christmas

In the run up to Christmas, we caught up with one of our top carol singers and Director of Communications, Chris Phillips. She shares with us her favourite songs and her R.E.S.P.E.C.T for Aretha Franklin.

Carol singing at Christmas time is an amazing way to spread the festive cheer and raise money for children in this country who don’t feel safe, loved, or able to cope.

Your carol singing event will help us continue the vital work we do to transform the lives of vulnerable children, so that more of them can look forward to a first Christmas full of happiness and free from fear.


Carol singing Q&A with Chris Phillips

Why should people go carol singing?

Because singing is good for the soul. Even if you don't know all the tunes, you can just la-la-along. 

Have you got any top tips for carol singers?

Invest in some festive hats. They get you into the spirit of Christmas and keep your head warm!

What’s the most crowd-pleasing carol?

We Three Kings…there are so many alternative and modern day versions!

If you had to sing one non-carol, what song would you choose to sing?

Does it have to be Christmassy? Er… Shakin Stevens’ classic number, Merry Christmas Everyone.

If you could choose any singer to join your choir who would it be and why?

Aretha Franklin – what an awesome voice.

Are you going carol-singing this year? Where?

Yes! Lunchtime, Exmouth Market, 10th December – come and chuck some notes in our bucket please!

Christmas carol intros round

Chris clearly knows her carols but can you guess these popular Christmas songs based on the first few bars of a jazzy interpretation?

Christmas carol number 1

Reveal answer
Jingle bells


Christmas carol number 2

Reveal answer
Deck the Halls


Christmas carol number 3

Reveal answer
Joy to the World


Christmas carol number 4

Reveal answer
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem


Christmas carol number 5

Reveal answer
Silent Night


If you enjoyed listening to those intros then there's still time to gather your friends and sing carols to make sure no child feels alone at Christmas.


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