Have you ever wondered where your favorite Christmas carols originated?
Surprisingly, many of them were written in Massachusetts and some even in Stoughton and nearby towns. Among the popular carols by Massachusetts-born tunesmiths are: “Jingle Bells” (James Pierpont from Boston), “Joy to the World” (Lowell Mason from Medfield), and “Away in a Manger” (James Murray from Andover).
All of these popular Christmas carols are included on a new CD, which in addition to the popular carols, also have rarely heard carols such as: “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” (music by Bartholomew Brown from East Bridgewater), “New Bethlehem” (music by EdwardFrench from Sharon), and "The Prince of Peace" performed by singers from the Old Stoughton Musical Society. There are also several carol arrangements by Stoughton composer, Roger Hall, sung by local choirs in North Easton and Attleboro.
All of these carols and songs are included on a new CD titled, “Christmas Music From New England”
You can read more about Christmas music in early New England and about this CD including singing by local choirs and soloists at this link: