Preview – The First Silent Night

Simon Callow
The First Silent Night Picture Shows: Simon Callow. All images © Kevin Caldwell

Simon Callow delves into the history of probably the most famous Christmas carol ever written.

Silent Night is such a part of the festive season that Unesco declared it an item of intangible cultural heritage. It was written in Austria by two men: Joseph Mohr who wrote the lyrics, and Franz Xaver wrote the music two years later, with the first ever performance on Christmas Eve 1818. Callow travels to Austria to learn more about the carol’s origins.

The First Silent Night is on Yesterday at 21.00.

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