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White Christmas

Israel Beilin (later to become Irving Berlin) was born in abject poverty in Russia and didn’t arrive in America until 1893 when he was five years old. By the time he died, at the age of 101, he had written thousands of beautiful, often witty, songs inspiring the much younger George Gershwin to describe him as ‘the greatest songwriter who ever lived’. He wrote White Christmas for the film Holiday Inn, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song; famously recorded by Bing Crosby, it became one of the most popular and best-selling songs of all time. Accredited Lecturer Pip Burley takes a closer look at the story behind White Christmas.


We've asked Lizzie Darbyshire, Chair of the North East Area Support Team and recently retired Accredited Lecturer to create a special Christmas Quiz. You can open the Quiz here. For the Answers click here

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What a fascinating insight, thanks

Pamela Douglas Fri, 24/12/2021 - 14:02 Permalink

Thank you Pip for the poignant story behind White Christmas.

Valerie Maidment Fri, 24/12/2021 - 13:19 Permalink

A superlative mini-lecture by a charming and knowledgeable speaker on a brilliant songwriter. Perfect! Again, many thanks. And a merry Christmas.

niki Fri, 24/12/2021 - 13:16 Permalink

Thank you - a memorable talk which I will remember when I hear `White Christmas' - beautifully presented too - a delight to watch.

Margaret Martin Fri, 24/12/2021 - 13:14 Permalink

What a wonderful talk for Christmas Eve. Thank you Pip for shining a light on the man as well as the song. Happy Christmas to everyone.

Barbara p Fri, 24/12/2021 - 13:07 Permalink

What a warm, sincere message for this Christmas! May all these Christmases be bright! Thank you Pip, I loved your singing on this foggy day!

Francesca Bratley Fri, 24/12/2021 - 12:45 Permalink

Very sensitively delivered story, especially appropriate for today. Thank you to all concerned for the excellent Artvent info. I’m really enjoying everyday!
Merry Christmas!

Cinzia Walters Fri, 24/12/2021 - 12:45 Permalink

A really fascinating and beautifully delivered talk. Happy Christmas everyone!

David Yates Fri, 24/12/2021 - 12:00 Permalink

So enjoyable and thoughtful.

Dilys Cordingley Fri, 24/12/2021 - 11:56 Permalink

A fascinating talk so well presented. Thank you. Just right for Christmas Eve.

Sheila Jones Fri, 24/12/2021 - 11:52 Permalink