Ceremony of Carols
The format of this recording is based on The Ebor Singers' popular candlelit concerts held in the Chapter House of York Minster. Taking the lead from Britten's Ceremony of Carols, this collection draws on the rich tradition of Christmas words from the Middle Ages to the present day that has provided and continues to provide such a fertile source for composers of the twentieth century and modern day, including music by Howells, Joubert, Lauridsen, Chilcott, and Britten.
'The Ebor Singers' technical credentials are evident in the impeccably unanimous plainchant of Joubert's 'There is no rose', their interpretative intelligence in an arrestingly nuanced and pitch perfect account of Leighton's 'Lully, lulla'. BBC Muisc Magazine (4 stars)
'Accomplished and enjoyable' (Gramophone)
DetailsAn attractive disc....The Ebor Singers give an accomplished and enjoyable performance. Gramophone
...a fresh-voiced account of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with a generous clutch of warm-up items. Their technical credentials are evident in the impeccable unanimous plainchant of Joubert's There is no Rose, their interpretative intelligence in an arrestingly nuanced and pitch perfect account of Leigton's Lully Lulla. BBC Music Magazine (4 stars)