Skip to main content

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

Given the lovely comments we've being receiving today, we thought we'd better add that Artvent isn't over yet!

We originally planned 24 items for Artvent but we found we had so much that we wished to share that we've extended it for another 7 days to 31st December.

So watch out for our emails over the coming week!


Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.  

The Arts Society Midhurst have recently given a grant to Easebourne Primary School, a primary school at the heart of the community, which will fund a whole school art installation project.

All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.

Please click here to support projects like this one by making a Donation.



Brilliant presentation. Entertaining, smoothly delivered and full of info.

Charles Harris Fri, 24/12/2021 - 10:01 Permalink

A beautifully conceived and delivered talk for Christmas Eve. Thank you

Rob Hubbleday Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:53 Permalink

Lovely to listen to Pip Burley again and to hear about the wonderful genius of Irving Berlin.
Thank you for a truly excellent 'Advent Calendar'

Sue Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:52 Permalink

Wonderful, a great finale to a lovely and very interesting artvent calender. Great idea, thank you Art Society. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and very healthy New Year. Take care everyone.

Gail Edwards Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:51 Permalink

What a wonderful way to finish this fascinating feature. I have so enjoyed every day and this last one was excellent. And wishing all those who have watched this a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year

theresa Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:29 Permalink

Wonderful interpretation of my old favorite holiday song, thanks.
The movie’s plot unfolds that a wish-come-true for a white Christmas allows a deserving person to keep his ski resort from going bankrupt thanks to a timely snowfall.
I think of all the businesses today losing yet another holiday season due to Covid and hope there is a brighter New Year 2022 for all.

Deborah Jenner Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:24 Permalink

A lovely contribution to the Artvent Calendar.
A fascinating story beautifully presented.
Thank you Arts Society for this lovely gift!

Julie Ruffles Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:15 Permalink

A really interesting talk on a wonderfully talented songwriter.

Ray Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:06 Permalink

Beautifully delivered

Jonathan Smith Fri, 24/12/2021 - 09:00 Permalink

A wonderful presentation of a fabulous song, which is quite moving, Thank you.

Muriel Lowe Fri, 24/12/2021 - 08:54 Permalink