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Favourite Carols from King’s (Download)


The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Douglas Tang, Tom Etheridge & Parker Ramsay organ
Directed by Stephen Cleobury

Released 3 November 2014

 Available as a cd

‘Favourite Carols from King’s’ is a collection of the most popular carols featured in A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols over the years. Highlights include ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, with the opening verse sung by treble Adam Banwell, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, solo performed by bass Hugo Herman-Wilson and ‘Hark! the herald angels sing’. It provides at once a survey of the King’s Christmas tradition and a snapshot of the choir as it is today.

Recording of the Month – Friends of Cathedral Music

**** – BBC Music Magazine

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1Once in royal David’s city04:38Gauntlett, Henry John & Mann, Arthur Henry desc. Stephen Cleobury
2Ding! Dong! merrily on high02:07XVI Century French arr. Charles Wood
3Herefordshire Carol02:43English Trad arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
4Adam lay ybounden01:08Ord, Boris
5Sussex Carol02:00English Trad arr. Philip Ledger
6In dulci jubilo03:28Anon arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsal ed. Reginald Jacques
7Joy to the world03:00Holford, William arr. Hugh Keyte & Andrew Parrott
8Gabriel’s message02:40Basque Trad arr. Edgar Pettman
9The holly and the ivy02:48French Trad arr. Henry Walford Davies
10O little town of Bethlehem03:33English Trad arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams desc. Thomas Armstrong
11A spotless Rose03:17Howells, Herbert
12The shepherd’s Carol03:09Chilcott, Bob
13Angels from the realms of glory03:43French Trad arr. Reginald Jacques
14Silent night03:40Gruber, Franz arr. Stephen Cleobury
15It came upon the midnight clear03:24English Trad arr. Arthur Sullivan desc. Stephen Cleobury
16In the bleak midwinter04:32Darke, Harold
17I saw three ships02:06English Trad arr. Simon Preston
18While shepherds watched their flocks02:44Este’s Psalter desc. Stephen Cleobury
19The three kings02:17Cornelius, Peter arr. Ivor Atkins
20Coventry Carol02:50XV Century Anon
21God rest you merry, gentlemen03:41English Trad arr. David Willcocks
22Away in a manger02:29Kirkpatrick, William arr. David Willcocks
23All bells in paradise04:34Rutter, John
24Hark! the herald angels sing03:11Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix desc. Stephen Cleobury
25O come, all ye faithful04:29Wade, John Francis arr. David Willcocks
Total playing time – 78:11


Recorded at 96kHz 24-bit PCM 5.1 surround-sound in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Fellows, 16, 17, 18 & 20 March 2014.

Producer & Editor  Simon Kiln
Recording Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Mixing Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Technical Engineer  Richard Hale
CD Mastering Engineer  Simon Gibson

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