Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Version for Strings and Organ)
Carols old and new by Warlock, Chilcott, Rutter and many others
Natalia Lomeiko violin
Roderick Williams baritone
The Choir of Magdalen College
The Choir of New College
John Rutter conductor
Ralph Vaughan Williams was enchanted by the beauty of traditional melodies and folk tunes. The composer’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols sees him transform those tunes into something new, something festive and something uniquely atmospheric. If the Fantasia celebrates beauty in restraint, then there’s plenty of jubilant fare in our Christmas Celebration to raise the spirits. The Orchestra and Concertmaster Natalia Lomeiko are joined by Roderick Williams, two of Oxford’s finest chapel choirs and a guest from Cambridge – the King of carols himself, John Rutter.