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On Christmas Night
Carols from St John’s College, Cambridge
Bennett, R R:
Out of your sleep
In the Bleak Midwinter
Riu, riu chiu
There Is No Rose
On Christmas night
Lully, lulla ('Coventry Carol'), Op. 25b
Adam lay ybounden
A babe is born
Hark! the herald angels sing
arr. Robinson (last verse)
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Make we joy
What sweeter music
Trad. French, arr. Jackson
Ding dong! merrily on high
Trad. French, arr. Wilberg
I saw three ships
Trad. English, arr. Marshall
Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day
Trad. English, arr. Willcocks
Es ist ein Ros'
Trad. German, arr. Praetorius (verse 1) and Cashmore
Little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)
descant in last verse
O come, all ye faithful
In the run-up to Advent and Christmas, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge under Andrew Nethsingha presents a joyous celebration of music for the festive season. The disc includes original works by John Rutter, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Elizabeth Poston, and Kenneth Leighton. These are complemented by arrangements of popular songs, and a selection of congregational hymns, all displaying strong ties to the Advent and Christmas seasons.
This disc was recorded in the College Chapel in full surround-sound, which means that it not only sounds spectacular, but recreates to a spectacular degree the experience of listening to the Choir perform in the Chapel.
The Choir of St John’s College, established in the 1670s, is today one of the finest college choirs in the world, known and loved by millions for its recordings, broadcasts, and concert tours.
“The collective vocal heft of the ensemble's young choral scholars remains a potent weapon under Andrew Nethsinga's direction. He's a man of musical refinement, however, one ready and able to rein in eager tenors and basses where the melodic interest lies in the gift of his choir's boy trebles...This release stands out thanks to the commitment to quality and high artistic values shown here by St John's College Choir and Chandos.” Classic FM Magazine, Februrary 2012 *****
“This is a warming disc, eloquently sung by the choir of St John’s. There are some core Christmas hymns, but the bulk of the 24-track programme comprises some of the modern classics of the repertoire such as Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree and Joubert’s There is No Rose.” The Telegraph, 9th December 2011
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I Saw Three Ships
Christmas Music from Gloucester Cathedral
The Gloucester Cathedral Choir follow their imaginative and acclaimed first release on AVIE, In The Beginning (AV 2072) with a spirited holiday album of traditional and contemporary carols, including famous arrangements by Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger, as well as the newly commissioned title track from Richard Rodney Bennett.
As the successor to the boys and monks of the Benedictine Abbey, The Gloucester Cathedral Choir boasts a tradition tracing back over 900 years. Henry VIII established their current incarnation, along with the Church of England, in 1539. Andrew Nethsingha, the choir’s Music Director at the time of this recording, was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, where his father, the distinguished Sri Lankan-born English church musician Lucian Nethsingha, was director of music for 26 years. He studied at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded seven prizes and was the youngest cathedral organist in Britain when appointed to Truro Cathedral in 1994. In addition to singing in six services every week, the Gloucester Cathedral Choir is heard annually at the Three Choirs Festival, and regularly at the Cheltenham International Festival and on BBC radio and television broadcasts.
“Under Nethsingha’s directions, Gloucester Cathedral Choir sing with confidence and refinement” Sunday Times
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