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Christmas is a special time at cathedrals and at Exeter many thousands of people attend concerts and services over the festive period. Beofre Christmas, in addition to the daily services, the choir presents a concert of seasonal music, including one or more extended pieces.
John Rutters Dancing Day, scored for harp and upper voices, is one such work, and it forms the centre-piece of this disc. Other pieces include well-loved hymn-carols and compositions by familiar names on the choral scene.
The Choir of Exeter Cathedral has a long and interesting history. It has sung the liturgical services of the church almost without interruption since at least the 13th century. The choristers are educated at the Cathedral School, a very ancient establishment.
In 1993 a girls choir was formed, and the whole choir now consists of 20 boy choristers, 20 girl choristers, and 14 gentlemen.
|1||03:46||The Office of Grandisson for Christmas Eve||Armstrong|
|2||02:53||There is no rose||Robert Millington|
|3||03:19||Joys seven||English trad arr. Cleobury|
|4||02:31||O little town of Bethlehem, directed by Stephen Tanner||arr. Vaughan Williams|
|5||03:36||Away in a manger, directed by Stephen Tanner||Kirkpatrick/Trad, arr. Tanner|
|6||04:07||Midwinter, directed by Stephen Tanner||Bob Chilcott|
|7||05:04||Dancing Day with Jean Price (Harp) – 1. Prelude||John Rutter|
|8||01:44||2. Angelus ad virginem||John Rutter|
|9||05:00||3. A virgin most pure||John Rutter|
|10||02:03||4. Personent hodie||John Rutter|
|11||04:03||5. Interlude||John Rutter|
|12||01:57||6. There is no rose||John Rutter|
|13||03:32||7. Coventry Carol||John Rutter|
|14||02:50||8. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day||John Rutter|
|15||03:11||Sans Day Carol||Cornish trad, arr. Rutter|
|16||02:37||No small wonder||Paul Edwards|
|17||02:09||Once in royal David’s city||Gauntlett/Mann|
|18||01:42||Eastern monarchs||Andrew Millington|
|19||02:47||A child is born, directed by Stephen Tanner||Malcolm Archer|
|20||02:58||Coventry Carol, directed by Stephen Tanner||Kenneth Leighton|
|21||02:32||Ding dong! merrily on high, directed by Stephen Tanner||French tune, arr. Tanner|