Cotswolds Trivia - Music

The organ of St Mary the Virgin, Wotton-under-Edge, which was reputedly first played by George Frederic Handel.The parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Wotton-under-Edge has an 18th Century organ which was built for George I and originally came from St Martins-in-the-Field in London. It was reputedly first played by the composer George Frederic Handel.

Cheltenham-born composer Gustav Holst wrote the best-known tune to the Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter".The Cheltenham-born composer Gustav Holst lived briefly in the Cotswold village of Cranham, near Painswick, and whilst there he wrote what is probably the best known tune for Christina Rossetti's Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.
The tune, written for the English Hymnal of 1906, is called Cranham and the house where Holst stayed is now called Midwinter Cottage.
In the Bleak Midwinter was used as part of the main plot in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol, as sung by Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins.

A Cotswold village with little more than 200 residents has a musical claim to fame that many locals might not even be aware of.
The English electronic musician Mike Paradinas, who works primarily under the name μ-Ziq (pronounced "music"), released an album in 2007 entitled Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique. The second track was simply called Duntisbourne Abbots.
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