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39 tracks 126 min
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2 CD set in an elegant, book-like package.
A refined selection from the best of our Christmas music, performed by the pick of the traditional Oxford choirs on our label. There is music from the Middle Ages to modern times (including some twentieth century favourites), with an emphasis on the English choral tradition. Gloria comes with detailed notes on the history of Christmas music in England.

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Gloria
Christmas Music from England's great choral tradition featuring Oxford's top boys choirs

CD205-1

1 Coventry carol 16th century 3.42
The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
Soloists: Tom King, Brian Chapman, William Gaunt
2 A boy was born in Bethlehem from A Boy was Born Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) 2.08
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
3 Balulalow from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten 1.23
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
Soloist: Joseph Littlewood
4 There is no rose from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten 2.27
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
5 As dew in April from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten 1.01
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
6 Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) 3.24
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
Soloist: Joseph Littlewood
7 Wassail William Mathias (1934-1992) 1.54
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
8 Quem vidistis pastores Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) 2.28
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
9 In the bleak midwinter Harold Darke (1888-1976) 4.36
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
Soloisst: Joseph Littlewood, Benedict Linton
10 What sweeter music can we bring from A Christmas Caroll op.21 Kenneth Leighton 6.11
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
Soloist: Laurence Cramp
11 O remember Adam's fall Grayston Ives (b 1948) 3.02
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
Soloists: Michael Czepiel, Oliver Morris
12 Sweet was the song Grayston Ives 3.37
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
13 All this time William Walton (1902-83) 1.35
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
14 Sussex carol English traditional carol arranged David Willcocks (b 1919) 2.02
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
15 Tomorrow shall be my dancing day English traditional carol arranged Edward Higginbottom 1.58
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
16 Once in royal David's City arranged David Willcocks 3.20
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
Soloist: Adam Blackwell
17 Rise up, shepherd! Spiritual arranged Grayston Ives 2.27
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
18 Remember O thou man Thomas Ravenscroft (c.1590-c.1633) 5.00
The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
Soloists: Nicolas Haigh, Alexander Thompson, William Gaunt
19 Sweet was the song 16th century 1.56
The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
Soloist: Alexander Thompson
20 While shepherds watched Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573) 2.53
The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
21 O come, all ye faithful arranged David Willcocks 4.13
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives

Total time 63.02

CD205-2

1 The truth sent from above Traditional arranged Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 2.23 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
Soloist: Oliver Hayes
2 Joseph lieber, Joseph mein Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629) 2.08 The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
3 Riu, riu chiu Mateo Flecha (1481-1553) 1.54 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
Soloists: Ian Machacek, Oliver Hayes, Michael Holiday, Richard Olney
4 Es ist ein' Ros entsprungen Michael Praetorius (c1571-1621) 2.21 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
5 Unto us is born a Son arranged David Willcocks 2.02 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
6 All sons of Adam Anonymous Scottish 15th century 2.44 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
7 Christe Jesu, pastor bone John Taverner (c.1490-1545) 3.30 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
8 This is the record of John Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) 4.10 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
Soloist: Tom King
9 Of the father's heart begotten from Piae Cantiones 1582 arranged David Willcocks 2.47
The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
10 How beautiful upon the mountains John Stainer (1840-1901) 2.21 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
11 Ave Maria Robert Parsons (c.1530-1570) 4.21 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
12 From virgin pure William Byrd (C.1539-1623) 3.08 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
Soloist: John Cotton
13 Laudate nomen Christopher Tye 2.05 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
14 O nata lux Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) 1.40 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
15 Magnificat from First Service John Sheppard (c.1520-c.1560) 5.53 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
16 Quid petis, o fili Richard Pygott (c.1485-1552) 9.12 The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford directed by Stephen Darlington
Soloists: John Cotton, Tim Dallosso, Tom King, Brian Chapman,
Gabriel Vick, William Gaunt, Timothy Whiteley, Angus Wilson
17 There shall a star Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) 6.16 The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Bill Ives
Soloists: Stefan Roberts, David Willey, Oliver Hayes, Ian Machacek
18 The holly and the ivy English traditional carol arranged Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941) 2.49 The Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom
Soloists: Corin Cole, Joseph Littlewood, Will Unwin, Simon Beston

Total Time 63.16

The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford
Directed by Stephen Darlington
With Libby Burgess, organ and Victoria Davies, harp
Recorded in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, July 2004
Produced by Martin Souter and Stephen Darlington
Stephen Darlington and Christ Church Choir are represented by Val Fancourt Management

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
Directed by Bill Ives
With Richard Pinel, organ
Recorded in the chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford, September 2004
Produced by David Skinner and Bill Ives

The Choir of New College, Oxford
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
With Robert Patterson, organ and Alice Trentham, harp
Recorded in the chapel of New College, Oxford, July 2003
Produced by Adrian Hunter and Edward Higginbottom

Cover image: The Song 1904 Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA, Bridgeman Art Library
Programme notes by David Skinner
Executive producer Martin Souter
CD205-1&2 This compilation P & C 2005 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

Choral music has flourished in Oxford for over 600 years, and principally in the ancient foundations at New College, Magdalen College, and Christ Church. New College, founded in 1379 with sixteen choristers and three singing-men, was first on the scene, and was the sole major choral foundation in Oxford until the choir at Magdalen was established just over a hundred years later in 1480. Both institutions were founded by bishops of Winchester (William of Wyckham and William of Waynflete, respectively), although the choir at Magdalen was conceived at a time when musical composition and the role of the choir were fundamentally different: the medieval music of the late 14th and early 15th centuries was small scale, mostly in three and (more rarely) four parts, and the vocal compass of each composition rarely exceeded two octaves. By the second half of the 15th century, however, there was a veritable explosion in compositional endeavour; works were conceived on a broad canvas, single works lasting up to 10 or 15 minutes in performance, and vocal ranges extending to three octaves. To this end, Waynflete endowed Magdalen with sixteen choristers and eight singing-men capable of tackling the most elaborate music of the time, such as that preserved in the Eton Choirbook. The last, and most elaborate choral foundation was that of Cardinal College (now Christ Church). Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a Magdalen man, set up his own Oxford college in 1526 and, according to his nature, demanded the best. The collegiate buildings were constructed on the grandest scale, and the choir, with sixteen choristers and twelve men and led by the great John Taverner, contained some of the finest singers in England, some hand-picked by Wolsey himself.
While rivalries, friendly or otherwise, surely existed among these three foundations from the earliest of times, they all stood the test of time and survived the reformations of the 16th century, the Commonwealth, two world wars, and the university and religious politics of the 20th century. It is likely that they will be with us for many centuries to come, but it is extraordinary to think that while these three great Oxford choirs have shared the concert platform in past times, since the advent of recorded sound, they have never appeared on the same recording. The current programme is a first, and here the virtuosity of ensemble and differing expert approach to choral singing can be sampled and enjoyed from one track to the next. The staple function of the choirs, of course, is the daily services in their respective chapels, but among the musical highlights of the year for every college in Oxford, and for the town itself, are the Christmas carol services.
Music for Christmas is today often represented by the congregational hymns and the collected compositions and arrangements in the famously successful Oxford Book of Carols, used in many churches and by countless carol singers. Carols originally had little place in the church, but were in fact written for more secular entertainments be they at court or in the household; the music was not always joyful and celebratory, but often set in more sombre moods reflecting the liturgical narrative. Among the earliest English collections are those connected with the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII (the so-called 'Fayrfax', 'Ritson', and 'Henry VIII' manuscripts). The carol later gave way to motets with seasonal themes, William Byrd being among the most prolific of composers in this genre. An even greater repertory appeared in the early 17th century with the encyclopaedic printed collections of Michael Praetorius. Following this explosion of popularity, when the first versions of many of today's carols were written, in England the genre was to fall foul of the more puritanical elements of the Commonwealth. After the removal of Charles I, the Parliament of 1647 abolished a number of liturgical festivals, including Christmas! At the Restoration, Christmas was again observed but few new carols were published in England in the following 150 years.
It was in the 19th century when music for Christmas was again produced for the masses. The pioneering publications of Davies Gilbert and William Sandys (Some Ancient Christmas Carols, 1822 and Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern, 1833) are, it is thought, the earliest collections of today's perennial favourites, and, as Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott have noted, it is they who 'effectively saved the rapidly disappearing folk carol for posterity'. Indeed, the revival of widespread popular interest in carols is truly a Victorian phenomenon. The clergy all over England enthusiastically taught them to their parishioners. Victorian Protestant religious observance also maintained strong links with Protestant churches in the United States, so these carols steadily gained in popularity there as well. The idea of the 'Carol Service' may also have originated at this time, and the earliest and most continuous observance, it is thought, is that which still exists at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the form of a 'Christmas Entertainment', which has taken place in the college's splendid Dining Hall since the 1830s.
The 20th century witnessed an even broader interest in Christmas music and carols, both in publications and recordings. Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, and David Willcocks, to name but a few, have contributed handsomely to the genre, and most church choirs have enjoyed singing music from the pens of their own choirmasters (such as the works or arrangements on this recording by Stephen Darlington, Edward Higginbottom, and Grayston Ives). In Britain today we are fortunate to be spoilt for choice at Christmas. Indeed, for many, the nostalgia of the season would be incomplete without the turkey, mulled wine and minced pies, and the Queen's Christmas Day speech. But it is in the music that we find the very essence of the spiritual offerings of Christmases past and present. Nowhere, perhaps, can this be found more alive and flourishing than in those magnificent chapels at Oxford.

The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford
Directed by Stephen Darlington
With Libby Burgess, organ and Victoria Davies, harp

Choristers
Joe Armon-Jones
Theo Armon-Jones
Gregory Bannan
Henry Chadwick
Thomas Ganderton
Christian Haigh
Nicolas Haigh
Edward Hocken
John Horbury
Theo Platt
Julian Roberts
Freddie Simon
Alexander Smith
William Smith
Benedict Street
Alexander Thompson
Owen Winter

Altos
John Cotton
Tim Dallosso
Patrick Gilday
Tom King

Tenors
Brian Chapman
Adrian Lowe
Benjamin Smyth
Adam Tunnicliffe
Gabriel Vick
Oliver Winstone

Basses
William Gaunt
Edward Jones
Timothy Whiteley
Angus Wilson

The Choir of New College, Oxford
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
With Nicholas Wearne and Robert Patterson, organ and Alice Trentham, harp

Choristers
Robert Brooks
Corin Cole
Guy Cutting
Jacob Dennison
Andrew Doll
Samuel Ellison
Jack Frith-Powell
Luke Frith-Powell
Felix Higginbottom
Otta Jones
Joseph Littlewood
Caspian Mitchard
Sasha Ockenden
Matthew Thorns
Harry Vance-Law

Altos
Owain John
Dana Marsh
Stephen Taylor
Matthew Venner

Tenors
Benedict Linton
Alistair Putt
William Rolls
Will Unwin

Basses
Simon Beston
Laurence Cramp
Thomas Edwards
Thomas Rogers
Gregory Sanderson
Stefan Schrijnen


The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
directed by Bill Ives
with Richard Pinel, organ

Choristers
William Roome
Daniel Smith
Adam Blackwell
Benjamin Goodall
Billy Harpin
Robert Henderson
Michal Czepiel
Stefan Roberts
Nicholas Tollemache
Nicholas Doig
Sebastian Carter
Charlie Hicks
George Boulton
Jez Alleyn

Altos
Matthew Ingleby
Daniel Parkes
Matthew Rogers
Magid El-Bushra

Tenors
Oliver Morris
Daniel Turner
David Willey
Andrew McAnerney

Basses
Oliver Hayes
Michael Holiday
Ian Machacek
Richard Olney


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