A collection of favourite carols and songs with a Victorian flavour
Most of the carols on this recording come from 'Carols New and Old', a charming collection of Christmas music published by the Oxford organist, John Stainer, in 1871.
The remainder are from a nineteenth-century hymn book, though the descants added to the last verse are specially composed by the director of the Cherwell Sings, Julia Craig-McFeely. She is also the creator of the brilliant arrangements of 'The Holly and the Ivy' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.
Feel the warmth of a good Christmas celebration, whatever the weather!
The Cherwell Singers Directed by Julie Craig-McFeely With Martin Souter, Organ
Producer Simon Heighes Executive producer Martin Souter Edited and mastered at Classical Communications Recorded in the church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford Solo organ music recorded in the chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford
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1 The first Nowell - Traditional 2 Good Christian men, rejoice - Traditional 3 Here we come awassailing - Traditional 4 See amid the winter's snow - J Goss 5 O little town of Bethlehem - arranged Julia Craig-McFeely 6 Lord Christ, the only Son of God - J S Bach 7 'Twas in the winter cold - J Barnby 8 The Virgin stills the crying - J Barnby 9 The Coventry Carol arranged - J Stainer 10 O come, all ye faithful - arranged Julia Craig-McFeely 11 The holly and the ivy - arranged Julia Craig-McFeely 12 Good King Wenceslas 13 Pastoral Symphony: Messiah - G F Handel arranged M Souter 14 We three Kings - J H Hopkins 15 A child this day - arranged J Stainer 16 God rest you, merry gentlemen - arranged J Stainer 17 Dearest Jesus, we are here - J S Bach 18 What Child is this? - Traditional 19 The seven joys of Mary - arranged J Stainer 20 The twelve days of Christmas - arranged Julia Craig-McFeely