Lichfield Cathedral Choir Advent
Quiz Challenge 2015
At the risk of making it a tradition, here are the details of the 2015 Advent Quiz. However, 'Quiz' is a slightly misleading title as it is more of a creative challenge this year...
For each day of December at 8.00am, the day's #AdventSelfie challenge will be published. Inspired by an event - sacred or secular - that has happened on that date in history, people have to take a selfie which includes a related item. For example, on December 25, the challenge might have been to take a selfie with a baby; as the challenges are published, clicking on them below will give an explanation of the connection with the date. If it is also possible to include some reference to 'Lichfield Cathedral Choir' or '@LichfieldChoir' in the picture, for example written on a prop or a piece of paper within the picture, this will be even more impressive; there are a couple of suggested templates which can be printed here and here to save time.
The challenges will be published here, on the choir's Twitter feed and Facebook page at the same time. To enter, people will have to tweet their photograph to @LichfieldChoir, or post it to our Facebook page. All pictures should include the hashtag #AdventSelfie, and if they are tweeted, they need to be tweeted to @LichfieldChoir (simply reply to the day's tweet) so they are not overlooked. No entires will be accepted after 11.59pm on Christmas Eve.
The overall winners, the daily winners at links to their tweeted selfies can all be found here: thank you for taking part and well done to everyone who submitted selfies during Advent.
- Tuesday 01 December: a selfie which includes a trumpet
Jeremiah Clarke, the composer of the Trumpet Voluntary, committed suicide today in 1707 over "a violent and hopeless passion for a very beautiful lady of a rank superior to his own" by shooting himself.
- Wednesday 02 December: a selfie including St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral in London was consecrated today in 1697, a mere 32 years and three months after the Great Fire of London had destroyed Old St Paul's.
- Thursday 03 December: a selfie incorporating a heart
Today in 1967, Christiaan Barnard, along with his brother Marius, performed the first human heart transplant.
- Friday 04 December: a selfie involving a Sunday newspaper
The world's oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer, was published for the first time today in 1791.
- Saturday 05 December: a selfie celebrating something Mozartian
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died today in 1791 in Vienna, aged just 35.
- Sunday 06 December: a selfie with a Nicholas
Nikolaos of Myra died today in 343AD: he had a reputation for giving gifts secretly, including putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.
- Monday 07 December: a selfie including something operatic
The first Covent Garden Theatre - now the site of the Royal Opera House - opened today in 1732 funded by profits from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.
- Tuesday 08 December: a selfie which features a beetle
John Lennon was assassinated today in New York in 1980.
- Wednesday 09 December: a selfie incorporating as much computer technology as possible
Today in 1968, Douglas Engelbart gave a live demonstration of a complete computer hardware and software system which included all the fundamental elements of today's personal computing.
- Thursday 10 December: a selfie with something Belgian
The Belgian composer César Franck was born today in 1822.
- Friday 11 December: a regal selfie
Edward VIII abdicated today in 1936 and remains the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne since the Anglo-Saxon era.
- Saturday 12 December: a selfie with a Cambridge connection
Sir Philip Ledger, director of the choir of King's College, Cambridge from 1974-1982, was born today in 1937.
- Sunday 13 December: a nautical selfie
Today in 1577, Sir Francis Drake set out on his second circumnavigation of the world.
- Monday 14 December: a selfie with a collection of recorded music
Respighi's Pines of Rome which was the first orchestral music to include a recording - in this case of a nightingale's song on a phonograph - incorporated into the work.
- Tuesday 15 December: a selfie including some sort of public transportation
The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opened today in 1906; the stations now form part of the Piccadilly Line.
- Wednesday 16 December: a selfie featuring a cup of tea
Today in 1773, a whole shipment of tea was thrown into Boston Harbor by a group of demonstrators in what is now known as the Boston Tea Party.
- Thursday 17 December: a selfie with something unfinished
In 1865, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony received its premiere performance in Vienna today.
- Friday 18 December: a selfie involving a stringed instrument
Legendary crafter on string instruments, Antonio Stradivari, died today in 1737.
- Saturday 19 December: a selfie with your favourite hymn
Today in 1707, Charles Wesley - Methodist, hymn writer, father of Samuel Wesley, and grandfather of Samuel Sebastian Wesley - was born in Lincolnshire.
- Sunday 20 December: a selfie with someone called David and their key
The fourth of the O Antiphons, which are sung around the Magnificat during Evensongs in the seven days before Christmas, is O clavis David.
- Monday 21 December: a selfie showing how you are spending the shortest day
In the Northern Hemisphere, today is the shortest day of the year, so make the most of it!
- Tuesday 22 December: a selfie which features a traffic sign
Today in 1965 in the UK, a 70 mph speed limit was applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Before this, there had been no speed limit.
- Wednesday 23 December: a selfie incorporating some exaggerated punctuation
The musical comedian, Victor Borge, died today in 2000 and one of his most popular routines was his phonetic punctuation.
- Thursday 24 December: a Christmassy selfie
It's Christmas Eve. Do you need another reason?