Carols were sung in Latin and in German by boys
IN this season of carols, my mind goes back to the war years with Derby School at Amber Valley Camp and the last Sunday of term.
The whole school – headmaster, masters, mistresses, matron and the great mass of boys – would march from the camp to Brackenfield Church, a mile or so away, for our carol service.
Nothing particularly different in that, I hear you say, but it was the tradition of the school to sing "Oh come all ye faithful" in Latin and "Silent Night" in German.
I have no idea how far back this tradition started but it was second nature to us boys. It was many years before I realised they also had English words.
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Even today, my automatic reaction on hearing the music is to start singing in Latin or German. I soon run out of memory though!
We occasionally had problems when some horrid little boy forgot to pump the organ.