An inspiring anthology of great poetry and prose read by the BBC's Margaret Howard, and Bernard Palmer, and music ancient and modern sung by the Harlow Chorus.
An album all the family will enjoy.
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CHRISTMAS BELLS 1. Ding Dong! Merrily on High - 16th cent. French tune arranged David Willcocks 2. Christmas Bells - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
JOURNEY TO BETHELEHEM 3. The Time of Snow - Bob Chilcott 4. Christmas Landscape - Laurie Lee 5. Mid-Winter - Bob Chilcott 6. O Simplicitas - Madeleine L'Engle A. Maiden Most Gentle - Andrew Carter 7. O Little Town of Bethlehem - Paul Ayres
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST 8. Silent Night - F. Gruber arranged Sarah Tenant-Flowers 9. The Shepherd's Dog - Leslie Norris 10. Methinks I see an Heav'nly Host - William Billings 11. For Him All Stars Have Shone - Bob Chilcott 12. The Oxen - Thomas Hardy 13. O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
WORSHIP AND CELEBRATION 14. Kings came riding - Charles Williams 15. Good King Wenceslas Piae Cantiones - arranged Antony Pitts 16. Eddi's Service - Rudyard Kipling 17. December - John Clare 18. Drive the Cold Winter Away - Playford MS arranged Sarah Tenant-Flowers
THE DAWN OF LIGHT 19. Moonless Darkness Stands Between - Gerard Manley Hopkins Canticles of Light - Bob Chilcott 20. Te lucis ante terminum 21. Christe, qui, splendor et dies 22. O nata lux de lumine
TOMORROW SHALL BE MY DANCING DAY 23. Carol for the Last Christmas Eve - Norman Nicholson 24. Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day - John Gardner 25. A New Year Carol - Benjamin Britten
Harlow Chorus Conducted by Sarah Tenant-Flowers (all tracks except 3 & 5)
Southend Boys & Girls Choir directed by Roger Humphrey (3, 5, 11, 20, 22) Readings by Margaret Howard (2, 6, 9, 14, 16, 23) and Bernard Palmer (4, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19) With Victoria Davies, harp (6, 8, 18, 25) Susan Graham Smith, piano (3, 5, 7, 11, 15, 24) organ (1) and tubular bells (20, 22) Paul Ayres, organ (20-22)
Recorded in the church of All Saints, Hockerill, Bishop's Stortford