• Carnival Band – next event

    Our next event…

    Fri 15 Dec 2023, A Carnival of Carols: Seasonal music from Medieval England to ‘le jazz cool’ via Latin rhythms and Cajun beats. The Carnival Band blend the spirit of Christmas with the spirit of celebration the world over to create a delicious Yuletide cocktail. With a cornucopia of instruments and rich vocal harmony, the music includes traditional carols such as I Saw Three Ships and The Boar’s Head and new compositions by the band ranging from the reflective (Bright Evening Star) to the comic (The Lighthouse Keeper's Christmas). The perfect start to the festive season. Suitable for all ages.MORE …

  • Lighthouse Keeper’s Christmas

  • Park Promotions present
    21 December 2020

    Available to view until 6 Jan

    Maddy Prior and the Carnival Choir

    A sequence of songs for the Winter Solstice and the Christmas Season filmed on location in Cumbria. A unique mix of medieval lyrics, English and European folk carols, contemporary comedy and reflections on the season of goodwill, delivered in rich vocal harmony to the accompaniment of ancient and modern sounds. This Yuletide cocktail is guaranteed to be an evening of consummate musicianship laced with good humour, and will charm even the most Scrooge-like heart.

    After the performance has streamed (estimated duration 1 hour) we invite you to 'come backstage' and meet Maddy and members of the band on Zoom, for lively chat, and the answers to your questions about a partnership which has been delighting audiences worldwide for over 30 years.

    Book here


    Carnival Choir

    Join Maddy Prior, The Carnival Band and The Carnival Choir online to record ‘The Sans Day Carol’ (‘Now the holly bears a berry’) and ‘Hark! Hark what news’ for release on YouTube.

    Booking opens 25th October.

    Information and bookings here

    See Andy’s Getting ready for the Carnival Choir video on Facebook

    See the Carnival Choir’s performance of How Firm a Foundation on YouTube.

  • Listen to The Carnival Band’s Virtual Choir!

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  • Image courtesy of Spotify

    Emma (film)

    How Firm a Foundation (Sing Lustily and with Good Courage) and Hark! Hark what news (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) have been included in the soundtrack to the 2020 motion picture Emma, which was released on 14 February.

    Sheet music for Hark! Hark what news and How Firm a Foundation is available now from the Carnival Band shop.

  • A New Bag of Old Ballads

    Listen to our latest recordings


    A New Bag of Old Ballads
    containing our favourite tracks selected from the dozens we recorded for an epic research project.

    Look inside the Bag!

  • The Carnival Band’s January Sale

    All CDs now £10 or less including free UK postage and packing, normally £1.50 per CD, or only £1.00 postage and packing per CD to non-UK addresses (normally £3.50)

    Visit the shop now

  • Carnival Choir rehearsal aids are now available

    Choir members please click here

  • Find out more about the band …

    The Carnival Band