Moving into unashamed Christmas territory, the Celestia Singers and Celestia Brass, conducted by David Ogden, with Rebecca Taylor on piano, have recorded Christmas Tidings, an album of choral pieces by Brian Knowles (b.1946). Knowles spent many years as touring musical director for Roger Whittaker, but many of the works stem from his time as teacher and composer in residence at The Royal School, Haslemere. Some of the ‘swingier’ numbers are less to my taste, but would be effective in a school setting, and they are performed with gusto by the singers and brass players. The more contemplative works here work better for me, such as the gentle setting of I Sing Of A Maiden, and Twelfth Night. Soprano Lucy Hughers also deserves mention for her touching solo in The Promise. The jollier numbers move more into John Rutter territory – so it depends whether you are a fan of that Christmas style or not. The performances here cannot be faulted, and the recorded sound is clear and warm throughout.