The big day’s finally arrived – “Nativity” is out! It’s now available for purchase from our website – check our our new Recordings page for details – at a bargain price of £10 including P&P. It’s also available from Amazon, Prestoclassical, and major high street stores.
From traditional English carols, to spirituals from the Caribbean, this recording showcases the very best of Christmas choral music. Recorded in the wonderful acoustic of St Augustine’s Church, Penarth, it’s a perfect stocking filler for any music lover!
There’s a ‘Made in Wales’ feel to this CD, too: several works by Welsh composers feature on the disc, including some lovely arrangements by our very own Music Director, Huw Williams. There’s also a beautiful arrangement of Suo-Gân by our former MD, Robert Court (our accompanist on this recording) which we performed to a rapturous reception on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme earlier this year.
Have a listen to a few sample tracks to whet your appetite!
Jingle Bells – J Pierpont, arr Ralph Allwood
Once in royal David’s city – HJ Gauntlett, AJ Mann, David Willcocks, James O’Donnell
Sussex Carol (On Christmas night) – English trad, arr David Willcocks
Suo-Gân – Welsh trad, arr Robert Court
A babe is born – William Mathias
Here is the little door – Herbert Howells
O come, all ye faithful – JF Wade, arr David Willcocks
Away in a manger – W Kirkpatrick, arr Huw Williams
Ave Maria – Gustav Holst
Calypso Carol – Michael Perry, arr John Bertalot
The Lamb – John Tavener
God rest ye merry, gentlemen – English trad, arr David Willcocks
Lux aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Mary had a baby – Spiritual, arr Malcolm Sargent
Adam lay ybounden – John Ireland
Hawaiian lullaby – Spiritual, arr Malcolm Sargent
Alleluia! I bring you news of great joy – Francis Grier
The holly and the ivy – English trad, arr H Walford Davies
A hymn to the virgin – Benjamin Britten
Spanish Carol – Spanish trad, arr Andrew Carter
O little town of Bethlehem – H Walford Davies
Hark! The herald angels sing – Mendelssohn, arr David Willcocks
Deck the hall – Welsh trad, arr Huw Williams