I Saw Three Ships: Christmas Music from Gloucester Cathedral | Avie AV2122

I Saw Three Ships: Christmas Music from Gloucester Cathedral

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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2122

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 24th September 2007



In 1918 the first service of Nine Lessons and Carols took place at King’s College Cambridge. This service is now transmitted from King’s, live and recorded, across the world to an audience of millions. Alongside the championing of medieval carols and traditional repertoire, the College has instigated the annual commission of a new work for Christmas. This new recording from Gloucester Cathedral Choir is no exception, with famous arrangements by Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger, both former Organists of King’s, as well as a newly commissioned carol from Richard Rodney Bennett.
This beautiful collection of traditional and contemporary carols features soloists Greg Skidmore, James Atherton, Ciaran Walshe, Sebastian Field, Lawrence Keeling and Russell Burton.
Today’s Gloucester Cathedral Choir is the successor to the boys and monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, who sang for daily worship nine centuries ago. The Choir of today stems from that established by Henry VIII in 1539, consisting of 20 choristers (who receive generous scholarships to attend neighbouring King’s School), 12 lay clerks and choral scholars.
Track list:
1 Nesciens Mater (Jean Mouton)
2 Ave Maria (Sergei Rachmaninov)
3 E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come (Paul Manz)
4 A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells)
5 There is no rose (Elizabeth Maconchy)
6 Virga Jesse (Anton Bruckner)
7 Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (John Gardner)
8 Tryste Noel (Herbert Howells)
9 The Lamb (John Tavener)  
10 On Christmas night (arr. Philip Ledger)   
11 Away in a manger (arr. David Willcocks)
12 I saw three ships (Richard Rodney Bennett)
13 A babe is born (William Mathias)
14 Silent Night (arr. Mark Blatchly)
15 Sleep, Little Jesus, Sleep (arr. Roxanna Panufnik)
16 Noel Nouvelet (arr. Stephen Jackson)
17 Torches (John Joubert)
18 Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock)
19 Ding dong merrily on high (arr. Charles Wood)
20 The Blessed Son of God (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
21 We wish you a merry Christmas (arr. Arthur Warrell)
22 In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)
23 O come all ye faithful (arr. David Willcocks)
24 Deck the hall (arr. David Willcocks)

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