A Christmas carol celebration from London's iconic St Paul's Cathedral. Formed 900 years ago, the St Paul's Cathedral Choir – one of the world's most celebrated cathedral choirs – finally makes their debut on Decca with an album of traditional and brand new festive carols from the heart of London, under the direction of Andrew Carwood.
Although the site of St Paul's has been a place of Christian worship for over 1400 years, the choir is far more recent. In fact, the choir only dates back as far as 1127, making it less than 900 years old! St Paul's Cathedral Choir also has a significant place in the revival of the Christmas carols at the end of the 19th century when its organist, Sir John Stainer, published Christmas Carols Old and New in 1871 and brought in all sorts of now-standard versions. Stainer also raised the standard of choral singing at the Cathedral to new heights.
On this album, old and new sit side by side as classic carols in famous arrangements rub shoulders with new works such as Philip Stopford's beautiful setting of the 16th Century Lully Lulla Lullay, and Graham Jordan Ellis's captivating There Is No Rose which is rarely recorded. Other works new to Decca include the lively Carol of the Bells and John Rutter's ravishing All Bells in Paradise.
The Cathedral of St Paul's in London is among the world's most recognised buildings, in the very heart of London. The Choir sings 7 services a week, added to which are televised UK state occasions held at St. Paul's, ranging from the wedding of Charles and Diana to the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to its role at services in this world-famous Cathedral, the Choir frequently gives concerts and broadcasts, notably a 3-week, 7-state sell-out tour of the USA earlier in 2015.
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Mendelssohn - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Gauntlett - Once In Royal Davids City
Gruber - Silent Night
Traditional - Ding Dong! Merrily On High
Ellis - There Is No Rose
Holst - In The Bleak Midwinter
Anonymous - O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Leontovych - Carol Of The Bells
Stopford - Lully, Lulla, Lullay
Anonymous - Gaudete
Hadley - I Sing Of A Maiden
Rutter - All Bells In Paradise
Anonymous - Angelus Ad Virginem
Berlioz - The Shepherds Farewell [LEnfance du Christ, Op.25 English Version]