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Week 14: A maiden that is matchless, Come love carolling

Week 14 brings the first two selections for Advent, Christmas and the turn of the year – beginning with Advent.

A maiden that is matchless is a brief but densely-written medieval poem in praise of the Virgin Mary, beautifully set to music by Dolly Collins (some of which I play here on the flute).

Come, love, carolling is a composition by Sydney Carter on a similar theme: Mary’s pregnancy, seen from her perspective, focusing on the experience of having God as her own flesh and blood. The arrangement here is after Bob and Carole Pegg’s version on the album And now it is so early, although I’m using melodica instead of guitar.

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