What is Victorian Caroling?
Victorian Caroling is usually a group of singers (4 or more) who dress in period costume and serenade listeners. Victorian Carolers can be found at holiday functions, parties, store openings, city events, church events, and even singing from door to door during the holiday season.
While much of the music sung by Victorian Carolers is usually traditional Christmas carols, many troupes often sing older music or even modern favorites!
The History of Victorian Caroling
Victorian Caroling developed during the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era mirrored the rein of Queen Victoria in Britain (and over the British Empire) from June 20th, 1837 to January 22nd, 1901. The Victorian Era is characterized by an enlightening of sorts, a time in which much thought and support was given to using the arts and sciences to advance, and improve, society.
Many of the Christmas carols we know today can be traced to the Victorian Era. Although caroling is an ancient practice, it became a popular pastime for mid- and upper-class families to go from house to house singing cheerful carols during Christmas.
Victorian Caroling Costumes
Victorian Caroling costumes vary in authenticity and design, but most troupes focus on costumes that mirror dress of the 1860s. Costumes usually consist of:
- A dress with full skirt
- Petticoats, hoops, and/or corsets
- Top hat
- Tie or cravat
- Great coat
As a Victorian caroling troupe, the High Tea Carolers have taken costuming very seriously. We pay close attention to detail and try to be as authentic as possible.
The High Tea Carolers
The High Tea Carolers are proud to take up the long tradition of Victorian Caroling. From music sung by seasoned pros and up-and-coming professionals to detail-oriented period dress, the High Tea Carolers can make any night special!
We’re available for holiday parties, serious functions, and we’ll be performing around the city (visit our Facebook for specific dates!). You can contact me or call 505-417-9034 so we can discuss how we can personalize our performance to your needs!