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Hymns and Carols from the 18th & 19th Centuries, "Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir" / Maddy Prior and The Carinval Band; The Mellstock Band and Choir

Album Summary

>Traditional, American : How Firm a Foundation
>Anonymous, English : Rejoice, This Glorious Day Is Come, hymn
>Campbell, Thomas : And can it be? (Sagina)
>Anonymous : Light of the world
>Wilson, Hugh : As pants the hart
>Townsend, Dave : Arise & Hail the Joyful Day, for chorus & ensemble
>Traditional, English : Who would true valour see
>Townsend, Dave : Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir, for chorus & ensemble
>Arne, Thomas [Composer] : The Hymn of Eve, for chorus & orchestra
>Wesley, Charles : Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending, hymn for chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : A Virgin Most Pure (English)
>Townsend, Dave : Behold the Morning Star, for chorus & ensemble
>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
>Anonymous : Lord, in the morning
>Olivers, Thomas : The God of Abraham praise
>Townsend, Dave : See Heaven's High Portals, for chorus & ensemble
>Traditional, English : Rejoice ye shining worlds
>Townsend, Dave : Awake Awake Ye Mortals All, for chorus & ensemble
>Ellor, James : All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name
>Anonymous, English : While shepherds watched (Thos. Este's Psalter, 1592)
>Traditional, Christmas : Today to Us a Boy Is Born, carol (a.k.a. "Unto Us a Boy Is Born")
>Wesley, Charles : O thou who camest from above
>Wesley, Charles : O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, hymn for chorus & organ
>Croft, William : O worship the King (Tune
>Wesley, Charles : Christ the Lord is Risen Today, hymn for trumpet, chorus, timpani & organ
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new release is a bouquet of traditional hymns taken from 18th and 19th century hymnals. These beloved works have been passed down from generation to generation, and remain some of the most sung hymns in churches across the globe. The Mellstock Band & Choir perform music from the Hardy family and Puddletown Church manuscripts using authentic instruments as they would have been performed by a village band in Hardy’s Wessex. Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band were formed in 1984 for a BBC Radio 2 broadcast of Christmas carols. The broadcast became an album, which was enthusiastically received by the public. Each member of the ensemble enjoys their own career, but the group is always happy to come together for a project like this, with opportunities to combine styles and talents.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Meeting House, Frenchay, Nr. Bristol (02/1987); Valley Recordings, Littleton-on-Severn (02/1987); The Meeting House, Frenchay, Nr. Bristol (03/1990); Valley Recordings, Littleton-on-Severn (03/1990); The Meeting House, Frenchay, Nr. Bristol (05/1986); Valley Recordings, Littleton-on-Severn (05/1986).



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>Traditional, American : How Firm a Foundation
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, English : Rejoice, This Glorious Day Is Come, hymn
  • Performers: Paul Burgess (Fiddle); Flos Headford (Fiddle)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Campbell, Thomas : And can it be? (Sagina)
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825

>Anonymous : Light of the world
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Wilson, Hugh : As pants the hart
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Townsend, Dave : Arise & Hail the Joyful Day, for chorus & ensemble
  • Performer: Flos Headford (Fiddle)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, English : Who would true valour see
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.

>Townsend, Dave : Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir, for chorus & ensemble
  • Performers: Paul Burgess (Fiddle); Flos Headford (Fiddle)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arne, Thomas [Composer] : The Hymn of Eve, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1744

>Wesley, Charles : Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending, hymn for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Christmas : A Virgin Most Pure (English)
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Townsend, Dave : Behold the Morning Star, for chorus & ensemble
  • Performers: Paul Burgess (Fiddle); Flos Headford (Fiddle); Dave Townsend (Fiddle); Dave Townsend (Serpent)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy)
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1921

>Anonymous : Lord, in the morning
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.

>Olivers, Thomas : The God of Abraham praise
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Townsend, Dave : See Heaven's High Portals, for chorus & ensemble
  • Performer: Flos Headford (Fiddle)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, English : Rejoice ye shining worlds
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.

>Townsend, Dave : Awake Awake Ye Mortals All, for chorus & ensemble
  • Performers: Paul Burgess (Fiddle); Flos Headford (Fiddle)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ellor, James : All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Anonymous, English : While shepherds watched (Thos. Este's Psalter, 1592)
  • Ensemble: The Mellstock Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Written: circa 1592

>Traditional, Christmas : Today to Us a Boy Is Born, carol (a.k.a. "Unto Us a Boy Is Born")
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Wesley, Charles : O thou who camest from above
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Wesley, Charles : O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, hymn for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Croft, William : O worship the King (Tune :: Hanover, or Tally's)
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708

>Wesley, Charles : Christ the Lord is Risen Today, hymn for trumpet, chorus, timpani & organ
  • Performer: Maddy Prior (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Carnival Band (Celtic)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical