50 CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SONGS, WITH KINGS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
FAB Distribution (Double CD)
At the end of November each year, I start to get very anxious, in pulling out my favourite Christmas C.D.s My favourite of all time is this double CD of “50 Classic Christmas Carols, Kings College Cambridge” directed by the late Sir David Willcock.
Along with all of the traditional carols, are some brilliant descants (countermelodies) written mostly by Sir David. There are some delightful gems on this CD such as “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”, Tavener’s “Little Lamb Who Made Thee,” “I Sing of a Maiden” “The Holly and Ivy”, “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree,” “The Three Kings” (Cornilious) and the “Sussex Carol” which is one of my favourites carol.
Sir David Willcocks was an icon in international choral music. He was a talented musician, organist, pianist, conductor, composer and arranger. Willcock’s musical arrangements for Christmas are legendary. We have a cannon of “Carols Book One-Three” and Willcocks also engaged John Rutter to write some marvellous arrangements. These pieces are now classic arrangements for any professional to the non-professional choir to perform.
I highly recommend this CD of “50 Classic Carols” by Kings College Choir, as part of your Christmas music collection. I especially love to put this recording on while I am decorating the tree or just having some “quiet time” during December, a week or so before Christmas.
Hearing the choral voicing, organ, piano or other special instruments in the orchestra gives me such a feeling of peace” and as John Rutter, said recently in a documentary, “Hearing the music and being a part of King’s College Choir, let’s one put away all of the chaos of the world, for least two hours.” I so agree with Rutter’s statement!
The Advent season is one of my favourite times of the year. As I get to sing, speak out or share my faith to all through these fabulous carols or in singing “Handel’s Messiah” in December. Now it’s time to bring out the plum pudding (with special sauce) and of course a cup of tea, Cheers!
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