On this day, in 2021, the digital-only release of five new carols by John Rutter was released.
The five new carols recorded by The Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by John, are:
- Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen
- I sing of a maiden
- Joseph’s Carol
- Christ our Emmanuel
- Suzi’s Carol
Sing of a Maiden was the first new Christmas release recorded by John himself since A Christmas Festival in 2008. John writes: “I have been composing and arranging Christmas carols ever since I was a teenager – the Shepherd’s Pipe Carol was the first published one – and hardly a year has gone by without adding a new one or two to the list. I sing of a maiden brings together four of my latest composed carols, together with a recent arrangement of the lovely old German carol Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen. For this new recording it was a pleasure to reunite with my own Cambridge Singers, joined by our good friends the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We hope it will bring seasonal cheer to all those who have enjoyed our previous Christmas albums – and perhaps win some new friends too.”