Christmas has - for as long as I am able to remember - been defined for me by one very precise instant. This instant...
It is part of the organ accompaniment to the final verse of David Willcocks' arrangement of J.F. Wade's tune for the hymn 'O come, all ye faithful'.
Sir David died this year.
It is an entirely fitting and worthy tribute that many of the important and defining descants and other arrangements to be used in this afternoon's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Chapel, Cambridge should be David's. A real Christmas.
Happy Christmas, everybody.
...-.- de m0xpd