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Christmas carol gets a hip hop makeover

A Carlisle church mission worker has given a new twist to a traditional Christmas carol.

Last year Andy Dykes remixed 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' which had thousands of hits online. This year he and a group of friends have worked together to make 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' more contemporary.

He hopes the new version of the carol will make the Christmas message accessible to all ages.

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Castle Douglas choir re-invents Christmas

If you're idea of a Christmas carol is 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Once of Royal David's City' think again.

One choir in Galloway is re-inventing Christmas, by singing forgotten carols from around the country.

Led my Alison Burns, the Feral Choir, based in Castle Douglas, is breathing new life into ancient texts and melodies.

Fiona McIlwraith went to meet them.

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Choir leader brings a new twist to Christmas carols

You will be familiar with Christmas carols like 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Once in Royal David's City' but a choir in Galloway says it's is re-inventing Christmas, by singing forgotten carols from around the country.

Led by Alison Burns, the Feral Choir, which is based at Castle Douglas, is breathing new life into ancient texts and melodies.

Alternative Christmas for one Castle Douglas choir

Forget 'O Come all Ye Faithful' and 'Away in a Manger' ... the Feral Choir are learning lost songs strecting back for centuries. Credit: ITV News Border

The Feral Choir from Castle Douglas has decided to take an alternative route this Christmas.

They're ditching the traditional songs like 'Silent Night' in favour of those lost through the centuries.

Choir leader Alison Burns said they made the decision after getting fed up with singing the same thing every year.

Alternative carols for Castle Douglas Choir

A choir from Castle Douglas are leaving behind the more traditional Christmas carols in favour of some other alternative one.

Instead of 'O Come all Ye Faithful' and 'Away in a Manger' the Feral Choir are learning lost songs stretching back for centuries.

Alison Burns who leads the choir says it's her passion that has led to the discovery of some of more unusual Christmas carols.

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Christmas rapping

A Cumbrian chaplain has helped to produce a Christmas carol with a twist.

Andy Dykes, a University of Cumbria chaplaincy intern, collaborated with a group of friends and choristers on the re-working of 'O Come, O come Emmanuel' which features hip hop and rap sections.

As Beat Convention he worked with lyricist and co-producer Jon Wilcox, a past winner of 'Young Poet of the Year', and raps on the track.

Musician friends from the University of Durham travelled over to help and choristers from Carlisle Cathedral were also involved.

Watch their music video below:

Christmas carol make over

A University of Cumbria chaplaincy intern has re-mixed a traditional Christmas carol with rap to help spread the Gospel message.

Andy Dykes collaborated with a group of friends and choristers on the re-working of 'O Come, O come Emmanuel' which features hip hop and rap sections.

The video has now been posted on social media sites and has alreday been praised.

It also featured at the University's chaplaincy carol service.