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Carols and Anthems for Christmas
Cantemus Chamber Choir
Robert Court organ

Huw Williams director

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Carols and Anthems for Christmas
Cantemus Chamber Choir
Huw Williams director, Robert Court organ*

Jingle bells J Pierpont, arr Ralph Allwood
Once in royal David’s city* ­ HJ Gauntlett, vv2,4, and 5 harm AH Mann, v3 arr James O’Donnell, v6 arr David Willcocks
Sussex Carol (On Christmas night)* English trad, arr David Willcocks
Suo-Gân Welsh trad, arr Robert Court
A babe is born* William Mathias
Here is the little door Herbert Howells
O come, all ye faithful* JF Wade, arr David Willcocks
Away in a manger WJ Kirkpatrick, arr Huw Williams
Ave Maria Gustav Holst
Calypso Carol Michael Perry, arr John Bertalot
The Lamb John Tavener
God rest you merry, gentlemen* English trad, vv 1–3 arr John Stainer, v4 arr David Willcocks
Lux aurumque Eric Whitacre
Mary had a baby Spiritual, arr Malcolm Sargent
Adam lay y-bounden John Ireland
Hawaiian Lullaby Spiritual, arr Malcolm Sargent
Alleluia! I bring you news of great joy Francis Grier
The holly and the ivy English trad, arr H Walford Davies
A hymn to the virgin Benjamin Britten
Spanish Carol Spanish trad, arr Andrew Carter
O little town of Bethlehem H Walford Davies
Hark! the herald-angels sing* Mendelssohn, arr David Willcocks
Deck the hall Welsh trad, arr Huw Williams

Total Playing time: 64:04

Production credits

Recorded in St Augustine’s Church, Penarth, on 23/24 January 2015

Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole

Assistant engineer: Andy Gammon

Editing: Steve Swinden and Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts


Here’s a new recording on the Regent label that I strongly recommend because it includes the best of both worlds. From the noble power of Once in Royal David’s City to the pious peace of Gustav Holst’s Ave Maria to a fun arrangement of Jingle Bells which includes vocal sound effects, it’s all there. There’s also a good balance of a capella pieces and choir and organ pieces which varies the sound from carol to carol and doesn’t cause ear fatigue. The Cantemus Chamber Choir, which performed Handel’s Messiah at Buckinham Palace in December 2014, is a mixed choir of about 30 voices that brings a blend of precision, decorum and whimsy to each piece they sing based on its character. Away in a Manger to Calypso Carol is quite a leap but they seem to slide from one to the next without effort. Heartfelt tenderness in Suo-Gân and joyfull spirit in Deck the Hall.

No need to program your CD player to play multiple CDs on random shuffle this Christmas. This one has everything covered.’ Classical Music Sentinel December 2015

‘This is a richly varied Christmas CD that contains well-loved carols and Christmas anthems, familiar works presented in highly engaging arrangements, and some delightful lesser-known pieces. The sound is hugely impressive; the choir sing with energy, clarity and an excitingly bright timbre. They are clearly attentive to Huw Williams’ musical vision, which is particularly characterised by rhythmic vitality. Robert Court’s organ accompaniments for the congregational carols. Sussex Carol and the Mathias are sensitively balanced and display the brightly toned Hill organ of St Augustine’s Church. Penarth. beautifully.’ Organists’ Review March 2016
‘I am happy to recommend this one both for the standard of performance and also the interesting repertoire’

Crossrythms December 2015

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