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    Christmas is coming : Traditional Christmas Carols

Winchester College Chapel Choir

St Michael's Choir

Christopher Tolley (organ)

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (trumpet)

David Trendell (assistant organist)

directed by Julian Smith




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 About this recording
This recording was originally issued as a cassette tape by Proudsound in 1989, and was enthusiastically received at the time:
  From the first joyful notes of Christmas is coming to the last triumphant bars of Adeste Fideles, there is not a sour or unmusical note in this beautiful compilation of sacred and secular Christmas carols. . . . It features the choir of Winchester College Chapel, who are joined by the Winchester College St Michael's choir in seven of the 20 carols, both old and new. The treble voices are superb, but the contribution from the lower parts, too, is excellent good, unforced tone and obviously not at all dependent on the four college masters who join the young altos, tenors and basses. The choir is directed by Julian Smith: to him must be given great praise for a delightful, musical treat listen especially for his extraordinarily effective last-verse descant, in which the trebles are doubled by a lone trumpeter, in Once in royal David's city. There is a real sense of Christmas in all of this, and one gets the distinct impression that the owners of these fresh young voices were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

The Church Music Quarterly October 1990

 Track listing

  1   Christmas is coming, arr. Walford Davies
  2   The Holly and the Ivy,
arr. Walford Davies
  3   Of the Father's love begotten,
descant Smith
  4   In the bleak midwinter,
  5   O little town of Bethlehem,
arr. Vaughan Williams / Armstrong
  6   Nol Suisse,
  7   Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
arr. Leighton
  8   Once, as I remember,
arr. Wood / Haines
  9   Good King Wenceslas,
Piae Cantiones, arr. Cowley Carol Book
10   Away in a manger Kirkpatrick,
arr. Willcocks
11   Hark! The herald-angels sing Mendelssohn,
arr. Willcocks
12   Once in royal Davids city Gauntlett,
descant Smith
13   A Hymn to the Virgin,
14   Stille Nacht Gruber,
arr. Smith
15   I saw three ships,
arr. Surplice
16   I sing of a maiden,
17   Bogoroditse Dyevo,
18   Nol,
19   Jesus Christ the apple tree,
20   In Dulci Jubilo,
14th century melody arr. Pearsall
21   Gloucestershire Wassail,
arr. Vaughan Williams
22   Adeste Fideles,
arr. Wade, descant Willcocks


Product Code: DRCD031

Price: 4.49