This new CD of festive music is being sold in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The Redbridge Youth Choir recorded a stunning Christmas LP back in 1980. These recordings, made in the church of St Alban the Martyr in London, have been digitally remastered and form the basis of this new CD. In October 2021, founder members of the Redbridge Youth Choir reformed to record some extra tracks for this CD. This was promoted by a desire to hear the original tracks in all their glory and also to honour a much-loved member of the choir who lost her struggle with cystic fibrosis in the summer of 2020. These new tracks were recorded in the beautiful surroundings of Brentwood Cathedral.
Redbridge Youth Choir, Redbridge Youth Choir Veterans Stephen King organ, Joanna Smith piano directed by Roderick Elms.
FULL TRACK LISTING Hark! the herald angels sing Mendelssohn arr. David Willcocks Adam lay ybounden Boris Ord God rest you merry, gentlemen trad. arr. David Willcocks In the bleak mid-winter Harold Darke soloists: verse 1 - John Wallace treble, verse 2 - Timothy Everett baritone Torches John Joubert It came upon the midnight clear Sullivan arr. Roderick Elms soloist: verse 3 - Helen Richards mezzo-soprano Ding dong! merrily on high 16thC arr. Charles Wood O little town of Bethlehem trad. arr. Philip Ledger; descant, Thomas Armstrong Christmas Day Gustav Holst soloists: Susan Stokes (mezzo-soprano), Karen Noble soprano Madeleine Cuming contralto, Hilary Mabbitt mezzo-soprano Once in royal David’s city Gauntlett harmonised A.H. Mann; arr. Philip Ledger soloist: verse 1 - John Wallace treble While shepherds watched descant trad; last verse arr. Roderick Elms Away in a manger Kirkpatrick arr. Roderick Elms soloist: verse 2 - Laura Watson contralto Nativity Carol John Rutter † soloist: Debbie Mittell soprano Sussex Carol arr. Philip Ledger † Unto us is born a Son arr. David Willcocks † The holly and the ivy John Gardner † Somerset Wassail arr. Hywel Davies † (first recording) I wonder as I wander arr. Jonathan Venner † (first recording) soloist: Carole Bowerman See amid the winter's snow arr. David Willcocks † New Year Carol arr. Benjamin Britten † The First Nowell arr. David Willcocks † Deck the hall arr. Roderick Elms † Shepherd's Pipe Carol John Rutter † Come all you worthy gentlemen (Somerset Carol) † arr. Roderick Elms † (first recording) O come, all ye faithful trad. arr. David Willcocks † recorded in October 2021 with Stephen King organ Total playing time: 77:02