Skip to content


Bass Desires: a poem about choirs and Christmas

Drama graduate and bass in this year’s Chamber Choir, Dave Newell, reveals his bardic side in this reflection on the choral year and Christmas carol-learning.

20121110-103317.jpg
A Singer’s November

‘Twas two months before Christmas,
Under towers and spires,
Singers were bringing out
Carols for Choirs.

Their friends all had bonfires,
Guy Fawkes to remember.
But when you’re in a Choir,
Christmas starts in November.

“But Advent is ages away”
Their friends cry.
“You can’t yet sing Ding Dong
Merrily on High”

Then the singers will turn
Like a great wounded beast.
“Do you want Christmas
To be a musical feast?”

“Then we must take carol books
Down from the self,
‘Cos Christmas won’t sing
The damn carols itself.”

You look forward to Christmas
And I know that that’s true.
But remember the choirs
Get there much before you.

See for singers the year
Is two months ahead,
So do not be angry,
Think this way instead;

Lent in January,
All Saints in September,
Easter in February,
Christmas – November.

David Jonathan Newell

(See other views from the bass section in ‘Bass Desires’ under the category section to the right.)

Report post

Posted in Bass desires.

Tagged with , .


2 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. Daniel Harding says

    Genius, Dave! And, like all good poetry, it’s also very true…

    Report comment

  2. Jenny Newell says

    I’m blaming Hannah for poetic influences.

    Report comment



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.



Protected by Akismet. Blog with WordPress.
The views expressed in this blog are not necessarily those of the University of Kent. Conditions of Use and Guidelines
%d bloggers like this: