The Idea of North with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Australia’s favourite contemporary vocal ensemble, the multi-ARIA-winning The Idea of North, presents its first-ever orchestral collaboration. A World of Christmasbrings together the group’s dazzling harmonies with full symphonic textures in an irresistible new festive offering – The Idea of North’s twelfth album.
Joined by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and recorded live in concert at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, A World of Christmas highlights some of the many ways in which Christmas is celebrated and experienced throughout the world. It brings together vibrant and festive songs and music from many cultures, including traditional carols and well-loved Christmas tunes.
As a special treat for fans of The Idea of North, the album features the group’s newest addition, the internationally renowned vocal percussionist Kaichiro Kitamura – his incredible percussive flair cementing their recent upgrade to a quintet. Eadric Ayres makes a special guest appearance to narrate the hilarious 'Not Quite The Night Before Christmas', an irreverent ride through the great Christmas tunes that was commissioned especially for this album.
A World of Christmas is the perfect album to usher in this holiday season!
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1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2. A Christmas Festival 3. El Noi De La Mare 4. River 5. Wexford Carol 6. I Saw Three Ships 7. De Tierra Lejana Venimos 8. Men of Goodwill 9. Not Quite The Night Before Christmas - Silent Night - Let It Snow - The Twelve Days Of Christmas - White Christmas - Deck The Halls - I’ll Be Home For Christmas 10. Mi Yimalel 11. A Child is Born 12. Kiris Bara Bari 13. The Polar Express Suite
The Idea of North Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Northey conductor Eoin Andersen concertmaster Eadric Ayres narrator [track 9]
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