One of my favourite carols, and here’s my favourite version, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band
Actually, this is one of my favourite Christmas Carols CDs. I’ve had a lot of fun with primary school classes getting them to do a kind of country dance to various carols on this CD.
However it is not entirely “accessible” for young children. We are just singing the first verse, twice, while the (infant) angels twirl down the centre aisle of the church to form part of the Nativity Tableau in the chancel;
“Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the Earth,
Ye who sang Creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth!”
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo.
I approve of including some old-fashioned, traditional, “inaccessible” carols alongside modern, written-for-the-purpose children’s songs like the lively rollicking “No room at the Inn“. The children have had their vocabulary enriched by the words and phrases “realms”, “wing your flight”, “o’er”, “Ye”, “proclaim” and “Messiah”.
Plus they have sung in Latin, the language of the Romans. Very “topical” for year 3.
And, for fun, they have enjoyed taking a HUGE breath before singing the long phrase “Gloria in excelsis Deo” all in one go. Twice. It has become quite a competition in singing practice. The infants take it Very Seriously.