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A Very English Christmas - Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas / Tenebrae, Nigel Short

Album Summary

>Preston, Simon : I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ
>Preston, Simon : There is No Rose, for chorus
>Gardner, John : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2
>Lloyd, Richard [Composer] : Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus
>Robinson, Christopher : Rejoice and be merry
>Hickox, Richard : The Birds, for soprano, chorus & organ
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Adam Lay Ybounden
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : I Saw a Fair Maiden
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Balulalow, for voice & piano
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : As Dew in Aprylle
>Ledger, Philip [Organ] : Adam lay y-bounden
>Preston, Simon : On Christmas Day, for soprano, chorus & organ
>Ledger, Philip [Organ] : On Christmas Night
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : I Sing of a Maiden that is Makeless, for SAATB chorus
>Edwards, Paul : No Small Wonder
>Lane, Jonathan : There is No Rose, song for chorus
>Knight, Richard : Come Rock His Cradle, for baritone, chorus & organ
>Redshaw, Alec : I Sing of a Maiden, song for chorus
>Gardner, John : Balulalow, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/2
>Radcliffe, Philip : Mary Walked Through a Wood of Thorn, for soprano, tenor & chorus
>Gardner, John : A Gallery Carol, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/4
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described as "phenomenal" (The Times) and "devastatingly beautiful" (Gramophone Magazine), the BBC Music Magazine Award award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, one of the world's finest vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous album of Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas. Among the composers to feature on this disc are John Gardner, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger and Arnold Bax, A singer of great acclaim, Nigel Short was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King's Singers from 1994 - 2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015
Sumptuous performances, and perfectly judged sound.

The Telegraph, 23rd December 2015
It's an astute amalgam, with the common denominator of Tenebrae's superb singing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015).



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>Preston, Simon : I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ
  • Performers: James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Ensemble: Tenebrae
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Preston, Simon : There is No Rose, for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Gardner, John : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2
  • Performers: James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1965

>Lloyd, Richard [Composer] : Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Geoffrey Clapham (Treble); James Holliday; Emilia Morton; Richard Savage (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Robinson, Christopher : Rejoice and be merry
  • Performer: James Holliday
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Hickox, Richard : The Birds, for soprano, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); James Sherlock (Organ); Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus
  • Performer: Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1918

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Adam Lay Ybounden
  • Performer: Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1922

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : I Saw a Fair Maiden
  • Performer: Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1927

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Balulalow, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); James Sherlock (Organ); Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1919

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : As Dew in Aprylle
  • Performer: Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1918

>Ledger, Philip [Organ] : Adam lay y-bounden
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Geoffrey Clapham (Treble); James Holliday; Nicholas Madden; Emilia Morton; Richard Savage (Bass-Baritone); Simon Whiteley
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Preston, Simon : On Christmas Day, for soprano, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Joanna Forbes (Soprano); James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Ledger, Philip [Organ] : On Christmas Night
  • Performers: James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : I Sing of a Maiden that is Makeless, for SAATB chorus
  • Performer: James Holliday
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1923

>Edwards, Paul : No Small Wonder
  • Performers: James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Lane, Jonathan : There is No Rose, song for chorus
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Geoffrey Clapham (Treble); James Holliday; Emilia Morton; Richard Savage (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Knight, Richard : Come Rock His Cradle, for baritone, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Stephen Kennedy; James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Redshaw, Alec : I Sing of a Maiden, song for chorus
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Geoffrey Clapham (Treble); James Holliday; Emilia Morton; Richard Savage (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Gardner, John : Balulalow, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/2
  • Performers: James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore; Katie Trethewey
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Radcliffe, Philip : Mary Walked Through a Wood of Thorn, for soprano, tenor & chorus
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Geoffrey Clapham (Treble); Grace Davidson (Soprano); James Holliday; Emilia Morton; Richard Savage (Bass-Baritone); Christopher Watson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Gardner, John : A Gallery Carol, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/4
  • Performers: James Sherlock (Organ); Greg Skidmore
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, England (01/21/2015-01/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1970