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A Very English Christmas / Tenebrae

Preston / Tenebrae / Short / Sherlock
Release Date: 09/11/2015 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John GardnerChristopher RobinsonPeter WarlockPhilip Ledger,   ... 
Performer:  James SherlockGreg SkidmoreJames HollidaySimon Whiteley,   ... 
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), the BBC Music Magazine Award award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous album of Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas. Among the composers to feature on this disc are John Gardner, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger and Arnold Bax, A singer of great acclaim, Nigel Short was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994–2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision. Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), the BBC Music Magazine Award award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous album of Carols, Hymns and other celebratory works for Christmas. Among the composers to feature on this disc are John Gardner, Peter Warlock, Philip Ledger and Arnold Bax, A singer of great acclaim, Nigel Short was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994–2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2 by John Gardner
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
Period: Modern 
Written: 1965; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Rejoice and be merry by Christopher Robinson
Performer:  James Holliday ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Benedicamus Domino, for double chorus by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Simon Whiteley ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Modern 
Written: 1918; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Adam lay ybounden by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Simon Whiteley ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
I saw a fair maiden by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Simon Whiteley ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Balulalow by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Grace Davidson (), Simon Whiteley (), James Sherlock (Organ)
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
As Dewe in Aprylle by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Simon Whiteley ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Adam lay y-bounden by Philip Ledger
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton (), James Holliday (), Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Savage (),
Simon Whiteley (), Nicholas Madden (), Geoffrey Clapham (),
Ben Alden ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9.
On Christmas Night by Philip Ledger
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
I sing of a maiden that is makeless by Arnold Bax
Performer:  James Holliday ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11.
No Small Wonder by Paul Edwards
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
There is No Rose, song for chorus by Jonathan Lane
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton (), James Holliday (), Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Savage (),
Geoffrey Clapham (), Ben Alden ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
13.
I Sing of a Maiden, song for chorus by Alec Redshaw
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton (), James Holliday (), Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Savage (),
Geoffrey Clapham (), Ben Alden ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14.
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ by Simon Preston
Performer:  Greg Skidmore (), James Sherlock (Organ)
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
15.
There is No Rose, for chorus by Simon Preston
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
The Birds, for soprano, chorus & organ by Richard Hickox
Performer:  Grace Davidson (), James Sherlock (Organ), Simon Whiteley ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
17.
On Christmas Day, for soprano, chorus & organ by Simon Preston
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore (), Joanna Forbes ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
18.
Come Rock His Cradle, for baritone, chorus & organ by Richard Knight
Performer:  Stephen Kennedy (), James Sherlock (Organ), Greg Skidmore ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
19.
Mary Walked Through a Wood of Thorn, for soprano, tenor & chorus by Philip Radcliffe
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton (), Christopher Watson (), Geoffrey Clapham (),
Ben Alden (), James Holliday (), Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Savage (),
Grace Davidson ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
20.
Balulalow, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/2 by John Gardner
Performer:  James Sherlock (Organ), Katie Trethewey (), Greg Skidmore ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
21.
A Gallery Carol, for soprano, chorus, organ & percussion, Op. 109/4 by John Gardner
Performer:  Greg Skidmore (), James Sherlock (Organ)
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Modern 
Written: 1970 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
22.
Love Came Down at Christmas, for chorus by Richard Lloyd
Performer:  Emilia [Soprano Vocal] Morton (), Ben Alden (), James Holliday (),
Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Savage (), Geoffrey Clapham ()
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Church of St. Augustine, Kilburn, Englan 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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