The Alfred Burt Christmas Carols have become legendary throughout the world and comprise one of the most significant bodies of American holiday songs ever produced by one artist.
Alfred S. Burt died in 1954 at the age of 33, leaving his legendary Christmas Carols for the world to discover and cherish. Alfred Burt's wife, Anne Burt, made it her life's work to continue keeping the legacy of his work alive and her tenacious effort to bring the carols to the attention of prominent artists of the 20th century is the main reason for their lasting success.
Alfred Burt's daughter, Diane, wished to revive the wonderful arrangements written by Brin Bethel in 1963 for what ultimately became a legendary Grammy Nominated recording by The Voices Of Jimmy Joyce, an LP of all 15 Alfred Burt Christmas Carols, performed on their 1964 Grammy Nominated recording "The Is Christmas". So, in November of 1980, she and her then fiancé, recording artist Nicola Marcello D'Amico, got together a group of professional session singers at Diane's apartment in Studio City to rehearse through all fifteen 8 part a cappella arrangements
The reaction was excitement. Everyone in the group was thinking the same thing. "Where can we go to sing these great arrangements?" So, they had a few more rehearsals, got some Victorian costumes from various sources and called several charities to ask if they could come and sing Christmas carols for them, gratis! They were soon discovered by a number of celebrities including Nancy Sinatra, who began hiring the group for Christmas parties. After having so much fun and actually getting paid for it, the following year the group took out a business license in Los Angeles and began what grew to a nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble.
Since the beginning, The Caroling Company has won a reputation for excellence by using many creative original arrangements of traditional favorites and contemporary jazz songs as well as specializing in performing the classic Burt Carols. Diane Burt, director of the group, has continued to keep the tradition alive and the ensemble has over the years been honored with the top pro singers in the business joining this family of song.
Individually, the members of THE CAROLING COMPANY have performed with some of the top names in show business on stage, in concert, on recordings and on television. By blending all these creative talents together, they have achieved the unique quality that always identifies them as....
“THE CAROLING COMPANY”.
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THE CAROLING COMPANY sings today for all types of holiday events but will always remember when they started performing together to bring the true spirit of Christmas to hospitals, children's homes and shut-ins. Their popularity has grown over the years and the group has performed throughout the entertainment industry, ranging from private celebrity parties, corporations and major hotels to gala Christmas spectaculars.
On film, they appeared in the opening credits of the hit Paramount Pictures' 1991 film, "The Addams Family", starring Angelica Houston and Raul Julia. They were the singers on the opening segment for the film, performing their famous arrangement (written by Nicola Marcello D'Amico) of "Deck The Halls", just before having hot tar poured over them. Fortunately, they came out of that unscathed. The Caroling Company also appeared in the well-known hit film, "Scrooged" with Bill Murray.
They have appeared in concert with The Judds, Charlie Pride, Garth Brooks and others at the Universal Amphitheater and also sang in concert as the backup singers for the Andy Williams Christmas Show during the 1980's when Andy was performing. The Caroling Company has been featured at the Music Center for Ronald McDonald House Charities and have performed with many local symphonies for Christmas concerts all over Southern California.
Their television credits are too numerous to mention, but a few of the standouts are NBC's "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO", ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA", "THE HOME SHOW", "GENERAL HOSPITAL", NBC's "HOT COUNTRY NIGHTS", Fox TV's "CHRISTMAS IN BEVERLY HILLS WITH JAMES STEWART", KCAL 9's "LIVE IN L.A." and "THE GEORGE AND ALANA SHOW".
You may have heard them sing on Los Angeles radio stations such as K-RTH 101 with host Gary Bryan, KOST 103.5 FM with host Mark Wallengren, KIIS-FM, KWAV 94.7 FM ("THE WAVE"), KLAC with host Brad Chambers, KZLA and National Public Radio. You can also hear them on Brian Setzer's 2002 Big Band hit Christmas CD, “Boogie Woogie Christmas”.
This year, the group's 38th season as a professional ensemble, they will be returning to perform again in the Southern California area and will be adding new arrangements of popular carols as well as selections from their hit CDs. In 2003 VAG Records released the Grammy listed hit CD, “A Christmas Present from The Caroling Company” and in 2004 the group was featured on “The Alfred Burt Carols Golden Anniversary Collection”, still in stores nation wide and available on line.
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Throughout the years, THE CAROLING COMPANY hasn't forgotten the reason they started. Every year, they still walk the wards at Childrens' Hospital, bring smiles to children at children's Homes and donate their time to various churches, nursing homes and charity events.
The Original 1980 Group
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