Christmas is arguably no better experienced than in one of England’s great cathedrals, not least at York Minster. In this program, the choir of York Minster offers up a feast of mostly 20th century and contemporary English music, including the four major carols by Herbert Howells, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ extended Fantasia on Christmas carols, and Richard Shephard’s hilarious new arrangement of Jingle Bells. Of special interest are recent new carols from Matthew Martin, Stephen Jackson, Francis Pott, and Grayston Ives – the first two works commissioned by York Minster and receiving their first recording here. Track Listing: Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – 16th century French, arr Mack Wilberg Nativity carol – John Rutter Three carol-anthems – Herbert Howells Nowell sing we – Matthew Martin What sweeter music – Rutter Balulalow – Francis Pott Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – English traditional, arr David Willcocks Lo, how a rose e’er blooming – Grayston ives All this time – William Walton Long, long ago – Howells Adam lay y-bounden – Howard Skempton The Virgin’s Song – Stephen Jackson In dulci jubilo – Old German, arr Bob Chilcott Silent Night – Franz Gruber, arr David Hill Lullaby my Jesus – Peter Warlock, trans Andrew Carter Jingle Bells – James Pierpont, arr Richard Shephard Fantasia on Christmas Carols – Ralph Vaughan Williams Total Playing Time: 63:27 2015 Regent Records Ltd.  

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