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Carols from Chelsea / Vann, Orford, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea


Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 0161   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberHenry John GauntlettRalph Vaughan WilliamsJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  James OrfordEloise IrvingThomas StoddartAngus McPhee,   ... 
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SOMM celebrates Christmas this year with Carols from Chelsea, a delicious offering from the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea under their Director, William Vann. The Royal Hospital, founded in 1682 by Charles II, is the home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army. The Chapel Choir sings for the Sunday morning Matins service in the Royal Hospital's Wren Chapel during the year, but in December provides the music for carol services and other Christmas-themed events almost every day. This recording showcases some of the Choir's most cherished carol repertoire, alongside solo organ music performed by the Royal Hospital's Organ Scholar, James Orford, and a very special performance with Chelsea Read more Pensioner and George Hatton. Many of the Royal Hospital's carol services begin wtih Franz Gruber's spine-tingling carol Stille Nacht, an especially moving carol to hear in the original German, given it's celebrated performance in the trenches on Christmas Day, 1914. Once in Royal David's City is the first of three carols that are usually sung with the full congregation, opening with the famous solo that captures the mood of Christmas like nothing else. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
2.
Once in Royal David's City by Henry John Gauntlett
Performer:  James Orford (Organ), Eloise Irving (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
3.
Traditional English Carols (8): no 6, The truth sent from above by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Thomas Stoddart (Bass)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
4.
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
5.
A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Angus McPhee (Bass)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
6.
Gradualia, Volume 2: O magnum misterium by William Byrd
Performer:  Rosemary Galton (Soprano), Clara Kanter (Alto), Jonathan Beatty (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
7.
Dormi, Jesu by John Rutter
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
8.
Hodie Christus Natus Est by Francis Pott
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; England 
9.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Written: England 
10.
Benedicamus Domino by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
11.
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
12.
In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Helen Ashby (Soprano), James Orford (Organ), Jonathan Beatty (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
13.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
14.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Eloise Irving (Soprano), James Orford (Organ), Edward Hughes (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
15.
The Holy Boy by John Ireland
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1938; England 
16.
Little Road To Bethlehem by Michael Head
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
17.
O little town of Bethlehem by Henry Walford Davies
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
18.
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
19.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2 by John Gardner
Performer:  James Orford (Organ)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
20.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  George Hatton (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Vann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 

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