Christmas Desert Island Discs – Mr Barker
Vivaldi – Gloria
I sang it (the high line!) at a Christmas concert when I was 12 years old and it remains my favourite Christmassy choral work, especially the Cum Sancto Spiritu.
The Pretenders – Two Thousand Miles
Chrissie Hynde’s extraordinarily beautiful vocal features in what might just be the most emotionally satisfying Christmas pop song ever.
Steeleye Span – Gaudete
Folk-rock was never a favourite of mine (sorry, RSWD) but this is ace. I remember singing it with my two brothers on the way home from the pub one Christmas Eve – suspect the neighbours weren’t too impressed.
Anon – A Coventry Carol
Christmas choral perfection: a superb and beautiful early English tune wherein the notable use of a Picardy third helps to mask the terrible subject matter, the Massacre of the Innocents.
Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
This song was playing on the hospital radio at the moment my son Sam was born, two days before Christmas 21 years ago. And he was (although I might be biased…)!