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    CHRISTMAS from DUBLIN
    Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Choir directed by Stuart Nicholson

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    CHRISTMAS from DUBLIN
    Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Choir
    David Collins & Rick Cowan trumpets Bethan Watkeys horn
    Gavin Roche trombone Francis Magee tuba
    David Leigh organ 
    directed by Stuart Nicholson

    'I especially enjoyed Christmas from Dublin, a lustily sung collection of mainly traditional carols from the Choir of Saint Patrick's Cathedral...'

    The Mail on Sunday 22.12.2013

    A beautiful collection of Christmas music from the men and boys’ choir of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

    In addition to popular favourites there are new arrangements of ‘The holly and the ivy’, the traditional Irish ‘Wexford Carol’, and a haunting new carol for Epiphany ‘Star of the East’ from young composer – and member of the choir – Ernest Dines.

    Some of the carols feature brass in rousing fanfares and uplifting accompaniments, and the collection comes to a thrilling conclusion with ‘Hark! The herald angels sing’ in the unique version sung every Christmas in St Patrick’s to the tune of Handel’s’ See, the conqu’ring hero comes’ from ‘Judas Maccabeus’.


    Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The present building dates from 1220, and became a cathedral in 1224.

    Today St Patrick’s is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican communion) and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland.
    St Patrick’s has the only choir school in Ireland, which was founded in 1432. In 1742 the combined choirs of St Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals gave the first performance of Handel’s Messiah.



    O come all ye faithful  John Francis Wade arr David Willcocks ((3.23)
    Jesus Christ the apple tree Elizabeth Poston (3:24)
    The holly and the ivy English traditional, arr John Dexter (3:16)
    What child is this Andrew Gant (3:53)
    Ding dong! merrily on high 6th-c French, arr Stuart Nicholson  (3:00)
    O little town of Bethlehem 
    English traditional, arr Ralph Vaughan Williams and Thomas Armstrong  (3:20)
    A hymn to the virgin Benjamin Britten (3:22)
    In dulci jubilo German traditional, arr Robert Lucas de Pearsall  (3:47)
    In dulci jubilo BWV 729 Johann Sebastian Bach (2:44)
    Shepherd’s Carol Bob Chilcott (3:30)
    Star of the East Ernest Dines  (4:17)
    Here is the little door Herbert Howells  (3:59)
    God rest you merry, gentlemen English traditional, arr David Willcocks (3:06)
    My dancing day Carl Rütti  (3:13)
    Wexford Carol Irish traditional, arr Timothy Noon ((3:40)
    What sweeter music John Rutter(4:53)
    Hark the herald angels sing (as sung in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin)
    George Friderick Handel, arr George Hewson, Cornelius George Bannister, and Stuart Nicholson (5:57)

    Total Playing time: 62:47    

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