‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ appeared in its original form as a poem, entitled simply ‘A Christmas Carol’. It was written in 1872 by the great English poet Christina Rossetti (pictured) . It became a world-famous Christmas carol only after it had been set to music by Gustave Holst in 1906.
Video 1 below features only the music—without any words—to a background of exquisitely evocative winter scenes. The second video features the voice of Susan Boyle singing the carol itself to a stunning visual background of snow country pictures.