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In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas Carols from King's
Artist
Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde
Label
Kings College Cambridge
Catalogue Number
KGS0060D
Release Date
November 5, 2021

Daniel Hyde - Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

“A few of the choristers gazed at the vaulted ceiling about 80 feet above them. Then Daniel Hyde, the choir’s music director, signalled that he was ready to begin, and all slipped off the masks they had been wearing to sing “I Saw Three Ships”, a sprightly carol that will be heard by about 100 million people on Thursday.” – The New York Times, December 2020

In the Bleak Midwinter reflects a Christmas that was unlike any other in recent history. Much of the music on this album was heard around the world as part of the 103rd Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service that has been broadcast live every year since 1930.

But for Christmas Eve 2020, the continuation of this uniquely long-running tradition was not to be. A full service, with lessons, carols, organ voluntaries and prayers, had been recorded in an empty Chapel for use in the event that a live broadcast became impossible, and it was this that was called upon just days before Christmas Eve. For its millions of listeners, the broadcast meant the continuation of a Christmas tradition in a year when so many were without their friends and family, and without so much of what makes Christmas special.

Music from Christmas Eve is supplemented on this album by a selection of specially recorded tracks. It marks not only a moment of light in a time of considerable darkness for so many, but the beginning of a new era for the Choir of King’s College under the direction of Daniel Hyde, with this his first full album at King’s since his appointment in 2019.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Once in royal David's city (Arr. David Willcocks, Desc. Stephen Cleobury) Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde / Matthew Martin / Samuel Hodson 5:07 Buy

    Once in royal David's city (Arr. David Willcocks, Desc. Stephen Cleobury)

  2. 2 A tender shoot: A Tender Shoot Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde 2:09 Buy

    A tender shoot: A Tender Shoot

  3. 3 How shall I fitly meet thee? Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde 1:20 Buy

    How shall I fitly meet thee?

  4. 4 In the Bleak Midwinter Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde / Matthew Martin / Owen Elsley 4:58 Buy

    In the Bleak Midwinter

  5. 5 Of the Father's heart begotten (Arr. David Willcocks) Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde / Matthew Martin 4:48 Buy

    Of the Father's heart begotten (Arr. David Willcocks)

  6. 6 Angels, from the realms of glory (Arr. Reginald Jacques) Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde 3:44 Buy

    Angels, from the realms of glory (Arr. Reginald Jacques)

  7. 7 An Old Carol (I sing of a maiden) Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde / Matthew Martin 2:50 Buy

    An Old Carol (I sing of a maiden)

  8. 8 In dulci jubilo (Arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall & Daniel Hyde) Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde 3:37 Buy

    In dulci jubilo (Arr. Robert Lucas de Pearsall & Daniel Hyde)

  9. 9 The angel Gabriel Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde / Matthew Martin / Vladimir Pantea 4:02 Buy

    The angel Gabriel

  10. 10 O come, all ye faithful (Arr. David Willcocks, Desc. Christopher Robinson & David Hill) Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Daniel Hyde / Matthew Martin 7:26 Buy

    O come, all ye faithful (Arr. David Willcocks, Desc. Christopher Robinson & David Hill)

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