Thu 27 November 2008, BBC News

What is Britain's favourite Carol?

By Andy Hall
This was the burning topic we were discussing on this morning's show, in my opinion it would have to be Carol Vorderman, however before I get put on the naughty step by the editor for being silly, I better explain that I meant Britain's favourite Christmas carol. In a close-run poll carried out by BBC Music Magazine, the carol that hit the number one spot and was voted ahead of well-known favourites including Once in Royal David's City, Ding Dong Merrily on High and Silent Night was.... In the Bleak Midwinter A bit of a surprise in my opinion, I'd rather hear a burst of 'O Come All Ye Faithful' while I munch on a mince pie. But I'm not arguing with the 51 directors of music who voted. To accompany the results of the poll, we were lucky enough to be joined in the studio by Cantabile - a London Quartet. They've given over 2,000 live performances and this morning they huddled around a microphone in the Breakfast studio and sung 28 different carols for us, in 2 and a half minutes. Yes, 28 carols in 2 and a half minutes. Have a listen to the performance below and see how many carols you recognise. And if you were wondering what other songs made the top 10, have a look below. 1. In the Bleak Midwinter 2. In Dulci Jubilo 3. A Spotless Rose 4. Bethlehem Down 5. Lully, Lulla 6. Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day 7. There is No Rose 8. O Come All Ye Faithful 9. Of the Father's Heart Begotten 10. What Sweeter Music
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