St Bride's: Music - Choir Recordings

Spirit of Christmas

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Track List:

  • Lux Aurumque

    Eric Whitacre

  • The Angel Gabriel

    Jonathan Rathbone

  • Il est né le divin enfant

    French trad arr Chilcott

  • In Wintertime

    Lennox Berkeley

  • Past Three O'Clock

    English trad arr Robert Langston

  • The Heavenly Aeroplane

    English trad arr Rutter

  • How Like An Angel

    Paul Drayton (Soloist: Julian Gregory)

  • I Believe In Father Christmas

    Greg Lake arr Lake/Morley (Soloist: Daniel Jordan)

  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

    English trad add Stuart Nicholson

  • I Wonder As I Wander

    Andrew Carter (Soloist: Rachel Chapman)

  • A Spaceman Came Travelling

    Chris de Burgh arr Morley (Soloist: Thomas Herford)

  • Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

    Poston (Soloist: Claire Seaton)

  • Carol Of The Bells

    Leontovych

  • Little Drummer Boy

    Davis arr Morley (Soloist: Rachel Chapman)

  • Sans Day Carol

    English trad arr Rutter

  • Zither Carol

    Czech trad arr Sargent

  • Wassail Song

    English trad arr Vaughan Williams

  • The Shepherd's Farewell

    Berlioz

  • Stop The Cavalry

    Lewie arr Neeves (Soloist: Neil Bellingham)

For just over two years St Bride's has been recording the many parish services, weddings, memorials and carol services held throughout the year; some of these services have been made available to Listen Online via the webite - and we are proud to be one of the few London churches to offer this feature. These recordings have also generated a wonderful archive of material, and we hope that this new label will be a way of sharing the best of these moments from our liturgy at St Bride's.

Drawn from the many carol services we host during Advent, the choice of tracks demonstrates the breadth of our choir's repertoire and musical skills - from the Christmas choral classics of Vaughan Williams, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, to the Christmas pop classics of Greg Lake, Jona Lewie and Chris de Burgh.

As it says on the tin - it's LIVE - so there are coughs, sirens, door slams, and even (shock, horror) occasional musical slips - all the things that happen outside the bubble of the recording studio - but we hope that despite these, what comes through the music and the singing is the true and live Spirit of a St Bride's Christmas.

The Spirit of Christmas is the first CD issued under our new St Bride's Live label.

Canon Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride's Church

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