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This offering of Christmas music from the London Oratory School Schola marks the first full recording of the choir. Here may be found a goodly selection of music from Advent to Epiphany, some familiar and some not so well known.
The collection takes its title from the poem Bethlehem Down by Bruce Blunt, a poem that captures the very essence and significance of the Christmas story.The London Oratory School Schola was established in 1996 to give Catholic boys a rigorous choral education within the maintained system, something previously available only within the independent sector.
The Schola has a close association with the Oratory Church, singing Mass there every week in term-time, as well as other Masses and liturgical services. It is thus uniquely placed to train boys within the context of a living tradition and liturgy.
|1||00:55||O sapientia||Gregorian Chant|
|2||04:05||Lo, he comes with clouds descending||18th-c, English|
|3||02:40||The truth from above||arr. R. Vaughan Williams|
|4||01:40||Adam lay y-bounden with John McGreal (Organ)||Peter Warlock|
|5||03:00||Once in royal David’s city||H. J. Gauntlett|
|6||03:22||A maiden most gentle||arr. Andrew Carter|
|7||04:05||Ave Maria||Robert Parsons|
|8||02:57||O little town of Bethlehem||arr. R. Vaughan Williams|
|9||02:15||Ding dong! merrily on high||arr. David Willcocks|
|10||04:59||In the bleak midwinter||Harold Darke|
|11||04:13||Bethleham Down||Peter Warlock|
|12||01:29||Sir Christémas||William Mathias|
|13||03:43||Silent Night||Franz Gruber arr. Barry Rose|
|14||03:16||The little road to Bethlehem||Michael Head|
|15||03:24||Hark! the herald angels sing||Felix Mendelssohn|
|16||03:52||King Herod and the cock with John McGreal (Organ)||Gareth Valentine|
|17||02:36||The Three Kings||Peter Cornelius arr. Ivor Atkins|
|18||00:54||O Emmanuel||Gregorian Chant|
|19||04:27||O come, all ye faithful||J. F. Wade arr. David Willcocks|