The Prince Albert Carol Consort

Prince Albert Carol Consort (PACC) BEFORE COVID-19, USED to sing unusual carols in The Prince Albert, Rodborough, every Sunday lunchtime in December leading up to the 25th.

[Find the Albert on a map here.]

Lotte and Miles

Above: Our lovely, lively hosts, Miles and Lotte

You may not have heard these carols before. They are upbeat, rollicking and great fun to sing and were cast out of Victorian churches along with the musicians who accompanied them.

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On 12th December 2021 we celebrated the 21 years we've been singing unusual carols in the Albert and we gathered in the middle of the road in style!
The rain held off, good turn out, an excellent occasion!

Video by Tadhg Haydock

Scroll down for snaps of the day.

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The Consort was formed in 2001 by a handful of regulars who, inspired by the long tradition of carol singing in pubs in parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Cornwall, decided to plunder words and tunes from books and recordings and establish our own Stroud tradition.

By learning words from one source and singing them to tunes gleaned from another source, the PACC managed, inadvertently, to give birth to its own subtly hybrid tradition - a technique famously exploited by the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue team.

Drinkers with a singing problem!

ALL ARE WELCOME

The PACC is not a formally constituted choir. It has an established core of organisers but no hierarchy. There are no auditions, you just turn up.

The Consort is whoever turns up on the day!

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