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Carols From Queen's

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Carols From Queen's
Carols From Queen's


'Carols from Queen's' is a true celebration of The Choir of Queen's College, Oxford, presenting popular holiday favourites that have deep associations with the renowned institution, including The Boar's Head Carol, A spotless Rose, In the bleak midwinter, and The Three Kings.

The Choir of the Queen's College, Oxford is one of the world's most renowned choral institutions. Carols from Queen's presents the choir in all its luxuriant glory. This blockbuster holiday album celebrates the Choir's illustrious history, and offers some of the most beloved carols from throughout the ages.

Several of the composers and arrangers of the popular carols featured on this album had associations with The Queen's College. This is truly 'Carols from Queen's'. The Boar's Head Carol is the work most strongly associated with the heritage of the College. It originated in the 14th century at Queen's and has been sung every year since at the Christmas time Boar's Head Feast in the College Hall. Kenneth Leighton (Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child) and Herbert Howells (A spotless Rose), two prominent 20th-century British composers of sacred choral music, both studied at The Queen's College. Harold Darke (In the bleak midwinter) and Ivor Atkins (The Three Kings) were both members of Queen's. Atkins's ever-popular arrangement of The Three Kings appeared in the much-used anthology Carols for Choirs I, compiled in part by Reginald Jacques, a student at Queen's who become Organist of the College from 1926 - 1936, and a Fellow. Several best-loved carols from this volume are featured on this album. Rounding out Carols from Queen's are such popular favourites as O Holy Night, Coventry carol, O Come all Ye Faithful, and many more.

Personnel: Choir of the Queen's College, Oxford, Owen Rees (director)

Critical acclaim for 'A. Scarlatti / Handel: Dixit Dominus':

"Performances of the highest quality." - Choir & Organ

"performed with real spirit and élan, with Owen Rees drawing strongly projected work from his choir." - Early Music Today


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  2. John Tavener: O do not move
  3. Trad. Basque Carol, arr. Jim Clements: Gabriel's message
  4. Arr. Andrew Carter: Angelus ad virginem
  5. Herbert Howells: A spotless rose
  6. Philip Stopford: Lully, Lulla, Lullay
  7. Adolf Adam arr. John Rutter: O Holy Night
  8. Felix Mendelssohn, arr. David Willcocks: Hark! The herald angels sing
  9. Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down
  10. Herbert Howells: Sing lullaby
  11. Trad., arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams/Thomas Armstrong: O little town of Bethlehem
  12. Anon. (from Piæ cantiones, 1582): Gaudete
  13. Harold Darke: In the bleak midwinter
  14. Arr. Martin Shaw: Coventry carol
  15. 16th-century French tune, arr. Charles Wood: Ding dong merrily on high
  16. John Tavener: The Lamb
  17. Trad. (The Queen's College, Oxford): The boar's head carol
  18. Kenneth Leighton: Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
  19. Hector Berlioz: The Shepherds' Farewell
  20. Jonathan Dove: Welcome all wonders
  21. Peter Cornelius, arr. Ivor Atkins: The three kings
  22. Trad., arr. David Willcocks: Sussex carol
  23. Arr. David Willcocks: O come all ye faithful
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