Christmas Music Quiz

For those of you who did the quiz and are clamouring to have your answers confirmed, the full quiz along with answers will be published later today.

Christmas Lyrics

In his master's steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted.
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Good King Wenceslas
2and forthwith appeared a shining throng of angels, praising GodWhile Shepherds Watched
3I don't need to hang my stocking There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy With a toy on Christmas day
All I Want for Christmas is You
4When we found her Christmas morning,
At the scene of the attack,
She had hoof-prints on her forehead,
And incriminating Claus marks on her back.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
5Does your granny always tell ya
That the old songs are the best
Then she's up and rock 'n' rolling with the rest
Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade)
6Toujours ce rêve! encore cet enfant
Qui doit me détrôner.
L’Enfance du Christ
7And it's been so long
But I will be there
I sing this song
To pass the time away
Driving in my car
Driving Home for Christmas
8"I'm spending this one alone," he said
"Need a break, this year's been crazy"
I said, "Me too, but why are you?
You mean you forgot cranberries too?"
Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses)
9This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone specialLast Christmas (Wham)
10Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stayAway in a Manger

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

1This former director of music at Sacred Heart church, included amongst his secular works two operas for young people.Colin Mawby
2Probably best known as the drummer in 1960s supergroup, Cream Ginger Baker
3Born in Woking, Surrey, this songwriter is perhaps best known for co-writing several Tom Jones classics, including Delilah and It’s Not Unusual.
Les Reid
4Drummer for the Dum Dum Boys, he was better known for his Toasting with The Beat.
Ranking Roger (The Beat etc)
5One of a trio of “brothers”, famous hits include The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More. Scott Walker
6Amongst his best-known works is the theme for a major television series of the 1980s and 90s, where the title character’s name is spelt out in code in the main theme.Barrington Pheloung
7His appearance in a much-loved Christmas special gave Eric Morecambe the opportunity to utter the immortal line, “I'm playing all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order” Andre Previn
8An operatic soprano, her biography, Stand Up Straight and Sing was published in 2014.Jessye Norman
9His band was regarded as one of the founders of the punk era and was the first band presenter Chris Packham ever saw live. Their biggest hit was Do Anything You Want to Do. Barrie Masters (Eddie and the Hot Rods)
10This Director of Music at King’s College was knighted this year for his services to choral music.Sir Stephen Cleobury


1Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey, Zinnia WormwoodMatilda
2Elphaba, Glinda and Boq.Wicked
3Tracy Turnblad, Link Larkin and Corny Collins.Hairspray
4Don, Cathy and CosmoSinging in the Rain
5Mrs Johnstone, Mrs Lyons, MickeyBlood Brothers
Half a sixpence
A Little Night Music
8West Side Story
9Cam cam cam cam cam cam cam cam
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10Lion King

Who Said That?

1One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.Bob Marley
2If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.Albert Einstein
3The music is not in the notes, but in the silence betweenMozart
4To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.Leonard Bernstein
5There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original.Joseph Haydn
6Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.Maya Angelou
7Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.Ludwig Van Beethoven
8One can’t judge Wagner’s opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don’t intend hearing it a second time.Rossini
9Listening to the fifth symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutesCopland
10I liked the Opera very much. Everything but the music.
For bonus points, what was the opera?
Benjamin Britten on Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

What Comes Next?

1The Sorcerer, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of PenzancePatience – sequence of G&S operettas
2John Barry, Alan Menkin, Alan MenkinJohn Williams – successive Oscars for best film score.
3The Beatles, The Spice Girls, QueenAnybody who has had only 1 Christmas no 1 (4,3,2)
4Frank Sinatra, Dorothy Squires, Elvis PresleySex Pistols (successive recordings of My Way to make the UK charts)
5Don Black, Richard Stilgoe, Tim RiceCharles Hart (lyricists for successive Lloyd Webber musicals)
6Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, Barbara StreisandLady Gaga (successive female leads in A Star is Born)
7Judith Weir, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Malcolm Williamson,Sir Arthur Bliss (Masters of the Queens Music in reverse, starting with the most recent)
8Adele, Emili Sande, Dua LipaJorja Smith (successive Brit award winners for best female solo artist.)
9Stockholm, Kiev, LisbonTel Aviv (successive host cities of Eurovision)
10Oh! What a Beautiful Morning, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, I Cain’t Say NoMany a New Day (songs in order of appearance in Oklahoma)


1Up to and including 1/12/19, Ed Sheeran has had three number 1 singles in the UK charts this year featuring other artistes. Name the other artistes.Justin Bieber, Khalid, Stormzy
2Which song won this year’s Best Original Song Oscar?Shallow – A Star is Born
3Which musical, based on the diaries of an adolescent boy, made its West End debut in June this year? The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
4Which mezzo-soprano sang at the last night of the proms?Jamie Barton
5Which Australian singer finally got to take to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury this year, 14 years after having to cancel her original headlining slot?Kylie Minogue
6Who announced to the crowd in Verona, during his last ever world tour, “I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians”Elton John
7Got it Covered is the Children in Need album of 2019, where actors have covered famous songs, but who wrote the song the whole group collaborated on?Labi Siffre (It Must be Love)
8In January, the BBC Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of its next principal guest conductor. Who is it and why was it a first?Dalia Stasevska – first woman
9Declan Macmanus was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. How is he better known?World CuElvis Costellop
10Who took the Audience Prize in this year’s Cardiff Singer of the World competition?Katie bray


1In which operetta does a chorus of peers sing
Bow, bow, ye lower middle classes!
Bow, bow, ye tradesmen, bow, ye masses?
2Zildjian is the world's largest producer of which musical instrumentsCymbals
3Which London Jazz Club opened in a basement in Gerrard Street, Soho, in October 1959? Ronnie Scott’s
4Which style of Western music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750, gets its name from the Portuguese word meaning "misshapen pearl"?baroque
5What song is the subject of the internet prank known as "Rickrolling"?Never Gonna Give You Up
6In Rolling Stone magazine?s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, which is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English?La Bamba
7Wimbledon Choral Society recorded an adaptation of Faure's Pavane for the BBC coverage of which sporting event in the 1990s?World Cup
8Which ballet, by Tchaikovsky, has become associated with Christmas?The Nutcracker
9Who was the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a self-written song? Kate Bush
10Who is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, classical and popular music categories? Cleo Laine
11Who came into the public eye in 2004 with the performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later... with Jools Holland?KT Tunstall
12Which English knight has had No. ls in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s?Sir Cliff Richard
13The Irving Berlin song, "There's No Business Like Show Business", was written for which 1946 musical? Annie Get Your Gun
14A statue of which composer can be found at the end of Worcester High Street in Worcester, England?Elgar
15Which single letter represented the title of the second studio album by Ed Sheeran?x
16Which 1960s band featured Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page? The Yardbirds
17Which One Direction song includes the lyrics, 'Baby you light up my world like nobody else'? That's What Makes You Beautiful
18What was the nickname of Louis Armstrong?Satchmo (Satchelmouth, Satch)
19Nessun Dorma enjoyed a resurgence in popularity following its use as the theme for the 1990 Football World Cup. From which opera, by Puccini, is it taken?Turandot
20Which composer settled in London in 1712 and became a naturalised British subject in 1727?Handel