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Forward by The Abbot of Ealing There are few professional Catholic Church Choirs in London; even fewer have boy choristers, but only one serves a monastic community: in this case, the monastery of St Benedict at Ealing in West London.
For a century the Abbey Choir has been deepening and enhancing the worship and prayer of those who come to St Benedicts. I am very proud of our musical tradition here at Ealing, and I warmly support and encourage the valuable work that has been done by the Abbey Choir in this recording to support Aid to the Church in Need.
The Christmas message, which is so beautifully sung in this CD, reminds us of the call to peace and reconciliation in our world. This is the mission of the Church and the special work of Aid to the Church in Need in its support for persecuted and oppressed Christians around the world. All involved in this valuable work have my appreciation, encouragement and prayers.
Rt. Revd. Martin Shipperlee, OSB Christopher Eastwood began his musical studies as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, under the direction of James ODonnell. In addition to the Cathedrals daily services, Christopher also sang for concerts and television and radio broadcasts as well as numerous recordings.
Christopher read music at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar with responsibility for the choir and the music in the college chapel. In 2001 Christopher toured with the college choir to the North of England and then to Venice in 2003. During this period he also directed the choir in a recording of music by the Wesley family, which was released in 2003 to favourable reviews.
During his time at Oxford, Christopher maintained an active interest in singing, especially with the early music group, Magdala, directed by David Skinner, and on recordings of the music of Orlando Gibbons, and the soundtrack for the BBCs Blue Planet series with Magdalen College Choir.Born and educated in Bristol, Simon Hogan is currently studying organ performance at the Royal College of Music under David Graham.
His passion for cathedral music began when he became a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. He later returned as an Organ Student, before taking up the organ scholarship at Bristol Cathedral. In September 2007 Simon began a year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral. During his time there he regularly accompanied the cathedral choir, gave recitals on the renowned Willis organ, and worked in the Cathedral School.
|2||02:40||A maiden most gentle French||French, arr. Andrew Carter|
|3||02:38||I sing of a maiden||Lennox Berkeley|
|4||02:59||A Hymn to the Virgin||Benjamin Britten|
|5||04:19||Nun komm, der Heiden heiland BWV659||J. S. Bach|
|6||02:32||Canite tuba||Francisco Guerrero|
|7||02:58||I wonder as I wander Trad||Traditional, arr Andrew Carter|
|8||02:48||Personent hodie German||German, arr. Gustav Holst|
|9||02:54||This is the truth from above||Traditional, arr Ralph V Williams|
|10||04:06||Bethlehem Down||Peter Warlock|
|11||01:11||In dulci jubilo BWV608||J. S. Bach|
|12||03:05||A spotless rose||Herbert Howells|
|13||04:19||Of the Father’s love begotten||Traditional arr. Chris Eastwood|
|14||04:07||Christe redemptor||Chant arr. Matthew Martin|
|15||03:06||Sans Day carol||Cornish arr. John Rutter|
|16||04:16||Wie schön leuchtet BWV739||J. S. Bach|
|18||03:52||Away in a manger||Traditional arr. Chris Eastwood|
|19||01:29||Sir Christèmas||William Matthias|