The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral has recorded a new CD – a Christmas musical celebration including contemporary arrangements alongside some more familiar carols.
Christmas Night is now on sale in the Cathedral shop prior to the CD’s official release following Sung Eucharist at the Cathedral on Sunday 30 October.
The 18 tracks begin with Bob Chilcott’s setting of Nova Nova – much favoured by the Canterbury choristers for its sheer energy. The programme continues with favourites such as the Coventry Carol, Sussex Carol and Ding Dong! merrily on high and more recent compositions Winter’s Wait by James Whitbourn and Ola Gjeilo’s O Magnum Mysterium.
Cathedral Organist David Flood, who directed the Choir for the CD, said: “Christmas is one of the greatest times of the year at the Cathedral. It is a time full of celebrations, full of joy and very rich in music and we hope that this CD will take something of that special time at Canterbury out to a wider audience.”
Funded by the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral
The last Christmas CD was recorded by the Choir in 1998 but Christmas Night follows Evensong released two years ago and this year’s recording – Henry Purcell: Sacred Music by the Girls’ Choir. Seventeen of the Cathedral’s choristers sing with 14 lay clerks – professional singers, on the latest recording which has been funded by a grant from the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.
The Cathedral’s Assistant Organist David Newsholme plays the organ for Christmas Night which was recorded in the Nave earlier this year by Canterbury recording and editing engineer Paul Barton Hodges whose son is one of the choristers singing on the CD.
The CD costs £12.50 and is available from the Cathedral shop in Burgate or online. All profits made by the shop go towards the upkeep and conservation of the Cathedral. Digital downloads will be available also from online stores and streaming services.