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Down by the Sea, A collection of British Folk Songs by MacMillan, Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Holst / Blossom Street

Audio Samples

>MacMillan, James : Lassie, Wad Ye Loe Me?, folk song setting for chorus
>Campkin, Alexander : A Lover and His Lass, folk song setting for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Dark eyed sailor, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 1)
>Bingham, Judith : The Orphan Girl, folk song setting for chorus
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Yarmouth Fair, for voice & piano
>Duggan, John : Over the Moon
>Grainger, Percy : Mo Nighean Dubh (My Dark-Haired Maiden), folk song for chorus (SON 14)
>Campbell, Hilary : Blow the Wind Southerly, folk song setting for chorus
>Davies, Robert : Awake, Awake (after Gustav Holst)
>Byrt, John : Among the Leaves So Green-O!
>Turnbull, Stuart Murray : Skye, for chorus
>Burke, Paul : Fare Thee Well, folk song setting for chorus
>Andrew, Kerry : All Things Are Quite Silent, folk song setting for chorus
>Bairstow, Edward : Oak and the Ash, for chorus
>Moeran, Ernest John : The Sailor and Young Nancy, for chorus

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : Lassie, Wad Ye Loe Me?, folk song setting for chorus
>Campkin, Alexander : A Lover and His Lass, folk song setting for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Dark eyed sailor, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 1)
>Bingham, Judith : The Orphan Girl, folk song setting for chorus
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Yarmouth Fair, for voice & piano
>Duggan, John : Over the Moon
>Grainger, Percy : Mo Nighean Dubh (My Dark-Haired Maiden), folk song for chorus (SON 14)
>Campbell, Hilary : Blow the Wind Southerly, folk song setting for chorus
>Davies, Robert : Awake, Awake (after Gustav Holst)
>Byrt, John : Among the Leaves So Green-O!
>Turnbull, Stuart Murray : Skye, for chorus
>Burke, Paul : Fare Thee Well, folk song setting for chorus
>Andrew, Kerry : All Things Are Quite Silent, folk song setting for chorus
>Bairstow, Edward : Oak and the Ash, for chorus
>Moeran, Ernest John : The Sailor and Young Nancy, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following its award-winning Christmas album, Sleep, Holy Babe (Naxos 8.572868), Blossom Street explores a wide-ranging sequence of British folk song settings for choir, with a particular focus on the nautical. The repertoire embraces pioneers in the rediscovery and arrangement of folk songs such as Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Warlock, adds little-known gems by Holst and Bairstow, and also introduces vibrant new additions to the repertoire from contemporary composers, including James MacMillan and Judith Bingham and the conductor herself.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
It is some indication of the quality of the 23 singers in Blossom Street that all the solos are outstanding, pure and true...It adds to the value of the disc that full texts are provided, and the recording is excellent, vivid and immediate with a nice feeling of atmosphere.

MusicWeb International, 17th October 2013
The singing of Blossom Street gives much pleasure. The choir numbers 23 (6/5/6/6) and the sound is consistently fresh and well-balanced...It makes for enjoyable listening.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Philip's Church, Norbury, London, England (11/01/2012-10/03/2012).



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Works Details

>MacMillan, James : Lassie, Wad Ye Loe Me?, folk song setting for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Ensemble: Blossom Street
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Campkin, Alexander : A Lover and His Lass, folk song setting for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Dark eyed sailor, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 1)
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Bingham, Judith : The Orphan Girl, folk song setting for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Yarmouth Fair, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Duggan, John : Over the Moon
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Grainger, Percy : Mo Nighean Dubh (My Dark-Haired Maiden), folk song for chorus (SON 14)
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Campbell, Hilary : Blow the Wind Southerly, folk song setting for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davies, Robert : Awake, Awake (after Gustav Holst)
  • Performers: Hilary Campbell; Blossom Street Singers
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrt, John : Among the Leaves So Green-O!
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Turnbull, Stuart Murray : Skye, for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burke, Paul : Fare Thee Well, folk song setting for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Andrew, Kerry : All Things Are Quite Silent, folk song setting for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bairstow, Edward : Oak and the Ash, for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Moeran, Ernest John : The Sailor and Young Nancy, for chorus
  • Performers: Blossom Street Singers; Hilary Campbell
  • Conductor: Hilary Campbell
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern