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A Christmas Festival

The Cambridge Singers | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Farnham Youth Choir
John Rutter (conductor)

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John Rutter directs the Cambridge Singers, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the award-winning Farnham Youth Choir alongside guest soloists Melanie Marshall, Clara Sanabras and Elin Manahan Thomas, for an unforgettable festival of Christmas music.

Audio learning guides are available for Magical Kingdom and New Year from ChoirGuides

Track list

  1. O come, all ye faithful (J.F. Wade)
  2. Gaudete (Michael Neaum and John Rutter – arr.)
  3. The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)
  4. Nos galan (arr. Rutter)
  5. I wonder as I wander (arr. Rutter)
  6. Ave Maria (arr. Rutter)
  7. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (arr. Rutter)
  8. Rejoice and be merry (arr. Rutter)
  9. El Noi de la Mare (arr. Rutter)
  10. A Christmas Overture (Nigel Hess)
  11. Born on a new day (John David)
  12. Magical Kingdom (Rutter)
  13. Mary’s Boy Child (Jester Hairston)
  14. Esta noche (arr. Rutter)
  15. Sleigh Ride (Delius)
  16. The Virgin Mary had a baby boy (arr. Rutter)
  17. New Year (Rutter)
  18. I wish you Christmas (Rutter)
  19. Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn)
  20. Have yourself a merry little Christmas (Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane)



“John Rutter fans won’t want to miss A Christmas Festival…” Choir & Organ

“A merry little Christmas with John Rutter.” MusicWeb International

“A Christmas Festival derives from concerts John Rutter has directed at the Royal Albert Hall. The sparkling fanfare introducing O Come, all ye faithful, gives a typical flavour.  Rutter gleefully using the full resources of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to light the soundstage up with seasonal glitter.  There are plenty of more contemplative settings, too, not least Bob Chilcott’s tender Shepherd’s Carol and Rutter’s own Ave Maria.” BBC Music Magazine

“There is no composer currently alive who has been more closely associated with Christmas music than John Rutter. For more than 30 years his seasonal choral music has gained him an international following. This major new album of over a dozen new compositions and arrangements together with Rutter’s selection of favourite carols was recorded at London’s Cadogan Hall and is the first all new Christmas release from Rutter’s celebrated Cambridge Singers for 20 years. Accompanying the superb choir is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with contributions from the Farnham Youth Choir this is an album with a potential far, far beyond the average choral release. The Cambridge Singers are indeed in fine voice and bring to light the soaring melodic cadences of the new Rutter works like Rejoice And Be Merry, New Year and I Wish You Christmas…The haunting Appalachian carol I Wonder As I Wander and the quite beautiful The Shepherd’s Carol are two of the finest examples of Christmas music you’ll hear this or any year.” Cross Rhythms

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