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Midwinter — St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Glasgow (OXCD-111)

Directed by Frikki Walker, Geoffrey Woollatt Organist

1. Mid-winter Bob Chilcott
2. Tomorrow shall be my dancing Day John Gardner
3. Hark! the herald-angels sing Felix Mendelssohn
4. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Elizabeth Poston
5. Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden Felix Mendelssohn
6. O come, all ye faithful J F Wade arr David Willcocks
7. O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen
8. The Holy Boy (organ) John Ireland
9. Angels' Carol John Rutter
10. Ding! dong! merrily on high Mack Wilberg
11. E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come Paul Manz
12. Ecce novum gaudium Traditional arr Kenneth Elliott
13. Chorale prelude on 'In dulci jubilo' BWV 729 (organ) J S Bach
14. In the bleak mid-winter Harry Gregson-Williams
15. Hodie Christus natus est Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck
16. It came upon the midnight clear Edmund Sears
17. Hail! Happy Morn - A West Gallery Carol from 'Mellstock Carols'
18. Paean on 'Divinum Mysterium' (organ) John Cook

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The Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, is one of Scotland's finest church choirs. It has often featured on Daily Service and Morning Worship on Radio 4, Radio 2's Sunday Half-Hour, and on special programmes on Radio 2, Radio 4, the BBC World Service and Radio Scotland. They have also appeared many times on BBC TV's Songs of Praise, most recently on a series of three programmes in the summer of 2010. Details of their successful previous recording LISTEN can be found here.

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Gramophone (Dec 2012)
Offerings from the cathedrals are also satisfyingly unpredictable this year, with Midwinter from St Mary¹s Cathedral, Glasgow, not a traditional choral music collection. This Christmas pops disc is good, with clear singing from a choir that¹s at the centre of its community. It stands absolutely for the spirit of Christmas, and this can be heard in the energy and enthusiasm of the choir and the marked variety in its range of repertoire and style.
Cathedral Music (Nov 2013)
...a souvenir of musical life of Glasgow's Episcopal Cathedral, which is surely in a healthy state under Frikki Walker's direction, on the evidence of his choir's singing of this interesting and varied programme which is cleverly bookended by contemporary settings of In the bleak midwinter.
... the cathedral's musicians deserve the greatest credit for this enterprising project, which you could do well to buy... for the singing is very good.

RSCM - CMQ (December 2014)
St Mary’s Cathedral is proud of its music tradition which embraces a more eclectic selection of styles than other cathedrals perhaps do. A reflection of this is found in the pieces in the programme that are accompanied on the piano, including the first two tracks: Bob Chilcott’s Mid-winter and John Gardner’s Tomorrow shall be my dancing day. The fresh, unpretentious sound of the voices suits these pieces wonderfully well. The organ is not neglected, however, and puts in some solo appearances (Ireland’s The Holy Boy, Bach’s chorale prelude on ‘In dulci jubilo’ BVW 729 and, concluding the disc, John Cook’s Paean on ‘Divinum Mysterium’), as well as accompanying the traditional ‘congregational’ carols and Mack Willberg’s arrangement of Ding dong! merrily on high. Other choral pieces include Mendelssohn’s Frolocket, ihr Völker auf Erden; Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium; Paul Manz’s E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come; Sweelinck’s Hodie Christus natus est; and a rollicking west gallery carol, Hail! Happy morn. Recommended to anyone looking for a CD that has plenty of the familiar, but is also that little bit different.

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