Halle: A Christmas Celebration | Halle CDHLL7545

Halle: A Christmas Celebration

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Label: Halle

Cat No: CDHLL7545

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 9th September 2016



Halle Choir
Halle Youth Choir
Halle Children’s Choir
Halle Orchestra


Stephen Bell


Halle Choir
Halle Youth Choir
Halle Children’s Choir
Halle Orchestra


Stephen Bell


Christmas is a time for the family, and one of the joys of the Hallé’s annual Christmas concerts is the way that they unite the whole Hallé musical family: not just the Hallé and Hallé Choir, but the Hallé’s superb Youth Choir and Children’s Choir too. That gives a special flavour to this annual Manchester tradition.

This album contains a delightful collection of popular, ever-loved and newly discovered seasonal gems, covering orchestral and choral works from across the Christmas ages.

Alongside works by composers acclaimed for their film and TV music, Hollywood’s own John Williams and Nigel Hess (Ladies in Lavender; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates), are choral must-haves including seasonal gems from British composers John Rutter and John Gardner. The orchestra glitters in Noel!, specially written for Hallé and conductor Stephen Bell and described as a ‘Festive Romp for Organ and Orchestra’, and in American favourite Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.

This is an album that has time for both wintry magic and quiet contemplation and which also includes songs that sparkle as brilliantly as the lights on any tree. The Hallé carol concerts are a joyous celebration of seasonal tradition in the fullest sense: of Christmas past, present – and future. Enjoy!

‘A lovely festive celebration and a reminder of what Christmas is all about’ - Oldham Chronicle, 2014

1. Nigel Hess - A Christmas Overture
2. Adam arr. Battiwalla - O Holy Night
3. John Gardner - Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
4. arr. Pearsall - In Dulci Jubilo
5. Roderick Elms - Noel (world premiere recording)
6. John Williams - Somewhere In My Memory
7. Adam Saunders - Fairytale Sleighride
8. John Rutter - Angels’ Carol
9. Sergei Prokofiev - Waltz, Winter Bonfire
10. arr. Gustav Holst - Personent Hodie
11. John Ireland - The Holy Boy
12. Elizabeth Poston - Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
13. Richard Bissill - A Christmas Carnival
14. Harold Darke/Christina Rossetti - In the Bleak Midwinter
15. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Dance of the Tumblers
16. Marta Keen arr. Alwyn Green - Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki
17. Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride
18. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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