Vaughan Williams: An Oxford Christmas

Release Date: 10/22/2021
Label: Albion
Catalog Number: 50
Performer: Joshua Ryan, Tom Castle, Eloise Irving...
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Number of Discs: 1

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This recording focusses on arrangements made by Vaughan Williams for The Oxford Book of Carols (1928), coupled with two later carols published by OUP. Many of the tunes are far from well-known and deserve a new audience. We think 10 of the 22 tracks are first recordings, but reserve the right to have overlooked one or two amidst the vast but very mixed heritage of recorded carols. The preface to The Oxford Book of Carols tells us that: ‘Variety in the method of singing is even more important than with hymns, and the verses should never be sung straight through all in the same way.’ In this spirit the choir’s director, William Vann, has prepared the carols for recording with a mixture of accompanied, unaccompanied and solo verses. Few of these carols are likely to have been undertaken by a congregation; this recording by a choir of distinguished professional singers presents the carols at their best, supported by the Henry Willis organ of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, in half of the carols.

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1. Sussex Mummers' Carol by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Joshua Ryan (Organ)
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
2. Hereford Carol, "Come all ye Faithful Christians" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Tom Castle (Tenor)
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
3. 9 Carols (1942): No. 8. A Virgin Most Pure by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Eloise Irving (Soprano), Joshua Ryan (Organ)
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Written: 1942 ;
4. The First Nowell: Sussex Carol (Second Tune) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Angus McPhee (Bass), Eloise Irving (Soprano), Jonathan Beatty (Tenor), Joshua Ryan (Organ)
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; England
5. 5 English Folk Songs: No. 5. Wassail song by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
6. The First Nowell: The Salutation Carol by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Angus McPhee (Bass), Eloise Irving (Soprano), Jonathan Beatty (Tenor), Joshua Ryan (Organ)
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; England
7. The Bellman's Song: The Bellman's Song (Third Tune) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Angus McPhee (Bass), Eleanor Minney (Alto), Joshua Ryan (Organ)
Conductor: William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
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