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Andrew Lawrence-King’s virtuoso harp joins the voices of Anonymous 4 in a wealth of Yuletide music, favourite and rare, from the British Isles.
Juxtaposing pagan and Christian traditions, the programme interweaves English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ballads and carols with well-loved pieces by John Tavener (The Lamb), Benjamin Britten, and a newly commissioned work by Peter Maxwell Davies. Andrew Lawrence-King adds special colour playing a variety of instruments: psaltery, Baroque harp, and a remarkable Irish “Queen Mary” harp which sounds as if it contains its own peal of heavenly bells.
Anon: Awake, Join The Cheerful Choir
Anon: Good People All
Anon: The Seven Rejoices Of Mary
John: The Lamb
Anon: A Scots Lilt
Anon: The Holly, The Ivy
Anon: The Reel Of Tullochgorum
Anon: I Saw Three Ships
Maxwell: A Calendar Of Kings (First Recording)
Anon: Air - Lá Fuar Geimhreadh
Anon: An Teicheadh Go Héigipt
Geoffrey: A God, Yet A Man? (First Recording)
Viii: Grene Growith The Holy
Anon: Wel, Dyma'R Borau Gorau
Anon: The Cherry Tree Carol
Anon: Can Wassel (Wassail Song)
Britten: A New Year Carol
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