Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Christmas carols from Slovakia sounded in Bethlehem

Get in the mood of Christmas in Slovakia with Christmas carols in English that the Technik Choir sang in Bethlehem.

The Technik STU choir(Source: Matej Kalina)

This year, traditional Slovak carols resounded in Bethlehem and in several more sites of the Holy Land in mid-December: in the Cave of the Nativity, in the complex of the Basilica of the Nativity, on the Shepherds’ Field where angels appeared, according to the Bible.

Several arrangements were composed specifically for this occasion, and then published on the YouTube channel of the Technik STU Choir to share the atmosphere of sites closely connected to Christmas.

The Technik STU Choir toured in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where video-recordings were made. The most previous recordings were made spontaneously, outside main performances, like the Búvaj dieťa krásne carol in the Nativity Cave.

"We have made many concerts,” Petra Torkošová, the conductor of the choir, said. “The music we make together goes to people and touches them.”

Apart from new arrangements of carols by composers Evgeny Irshai (Búvaj dieťa krásne) and Mária Jašurdová (Aký je to svit), traditional Slovak carols in English were also sung - Tell us shepherds (Povedzte nám pastuškovia) and Lord our shepherd (Dobrý pastier sa narodil).

The lyrics were written by Slovak expats in America, way back at the beginning of the 20th century to keep the memory of Christmas at home for future generations who acknowledge their roots, but do not speak Slovak anymore.

Traditional songs like My Lord Has Come or Silent Night were performed in concerts.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Kuciak did not even have a computer as a child and he grew up to be an analyst

A village boy who angered Marian Kocner. A profile of Ján Kuciak, who recently received the White Crow award in memoriam.

Ján Kuciak

Lajčák considers resignation if the migration compact is rejected

The foreign affairs minister also admitted to some disputes with PM Robert Fico.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

How to cope with waste

Slovakia lags behind in recycling and reducing waste, but examples of other countries, particularly the Netherlands, are helping Slovakia implement strategies to reduce waste.

Roughly 67 percent of communal waste ended up at landfills in Slovakia, while only 23 percent was recycled.

Europe might not be just an innocent victim

While real estate bubbles in the US, Greece and Spain were partial causes of global crisis, irresponsible lending was also rife in places you hear little about.