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    Make we Merry
    Christmas music for upper voices. Benenden Chapel Choir, London Metropolitan Brass, David Bednall organ and piano, Kizzy Brooks percussion, Rebecca McNaught cello, Adam Harrod djembe, Edward Whiting conductor


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    Make we Merry
    Christmas music for upper voices
    Benenden Chapel Choir, London Metropolitan Brass
    David Bednall
    organ and piano, Kizzy Brooks‡ percussion,
    Rebecca McNaught
    * cello,  Adam Harrodx djembe, Edward Whiting conductor

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    ‘...welcome sparkle in Bednall’s brass writing and Chilcott’s entry has a wistfully sweet innocence.’
    'Best of Christmas' BBC Music December 2019

    ‘Benenden School Chapel Choir’s 36 girls (aged 13-18) perform impeccably; delightful and charming, even disarming - but also
    expressively powerful when required’
    ★★★★★ Organists’ Review March 2020

    ‘The stillness of a moonless night, blackbirds, berries and snow angels .... what better to stir the Christmas spirit..’
    Classical Music Sentinel

    ‘...eloquently presented ...well-honed singing ...[an] innovative collection.’
    Choir & Organ December 2019

    ‘..three different, but approachable, contemporary voices. Bednall's music is lyric and melodic with some imaginative writing for his chosen forces of choir, brass and percussion. Chilcott's music here showcases his brilliant ability to write ear-worms, yet never seem to be repeating himself or writing down. Sarah Quartel's music brings in another, interesting lyric voices  ’
    Planet Hugill 2019

    ‘..the key aspect of this recording is the extraordinarily high standard of singing from these young women’
    Andrew Benson-Wilson December 2019

    ‘...a joy throughout.’
    9/10 December 2019

    This release is an eclectic mix of exciting and distinctive new Christmas music for upper voices by three prominent and admired composers of choral music.

    David Bednall  Make We Merry†‡ 32:12

    1    Make we merry     2:25
    2    The time draws near     6:49
    3    The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap     3:00
    4    All this night shrill chanticleer     4:36
    5    Moonless darkness stands between     4:16
    6    Sweet was the song the Virgin sang     4:07
    7    Let others look for pearl and gold     2:32
    8    Make we joy now     4:24

    Bob Chilcott  The Midnight of your Birth 16:46

    1    The Angel did Fly     4:04
    2    The Blackbird with One White Feather    2:34
    3    Kindness (A raven flew to Bethlehem)     3:44
    4    The Midnight of your Birth     3:13
    5    The Rain-Tree Carol     3:11

    Sarah Quartel  Snow Angel* 16:18

    1    Prologue     3:23
    2    Creatures of Light     3:00
    3    God will give orders      2:23
    4    Sweet child x      2:12
    5    Snow Angel     5:20


    Recorded in 2019 on 7/8 March in St Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook and 9/10 March in the Chapel of St Augustine, Tonbridge School.

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