A Ceremony of Carols

A glorious collection of Christmas music spanning over 900 years, centered around Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols – a work seen as both a signal of Britten’s turn back towards English musical and cultural traditions and as a distinctly modern composition.

Owen Rees and the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford present this alongside works that alternate between the early 17th century – by that most prolific composer and arranger of Lutheran Christmas music, Michael Praetorius – and the present: music by Judith Weir (1984), David Blackwell (2011), Jonathan Dove (2000), Dobrinka Tabakova (2018), Toby Young (2017), and Cecilia McDowall (2007). At one point the pattern is paused to look back half a millennium further than Praetorius, with Hildegard of Bingen’s O virga ac diadema.

An undoubted jewel in Britain’s choral scene’ (BBC Music Magazine), the Choir of The Queen’s College Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Previous releases with Signum A New Heaven (2017) and The House of the Mind (2018) both went straight to no. 1 in the Specialist Classical Chart in their first week of release.


The Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford

Owen Rees

Lucy Wakeford Harp

Laurence John Organ

Release date: 16/10/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD627

Barcode: 635212062722

1. Drop down, ye heavens, from aboveJudith Weir
2. Es ist ein Ros entsprungenMichael Praetorius
3. Lo, how a rose e’er bloomingDavid Blackwell
4. Resonet in laudibusMichael Praetorius
5. The Three KingsJonathan Dove

A Ceremony of CarolsBenjamin Britten
6. Procession
7. Wolcum Yole!
8. There is no Rose
9. That yongë child
10. Balulalow
11. As dew in Aprille
12. This little Babe

13. Interlude
14. In Freezing Winter Night
15. Spring Carol
16. Deo Gracias
17. Recessio

18. In dulci jubiloMichael Praetorius
19. Good-will to men, and peace on EarthDobrinka Tabakova
20. O virga ac diademaHildegard von Bingen
21. Geborn ist Gottes SöhneleinMichael Praetorius
22. The OwlToby Young
23. Wie schön leuchtet der MorgensternMichael Praetorius
24. Now may we singenCecilia McDowall
25. Puer natus in BethlehemMichael Praetorius

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