Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony Of Carols


Music for upper voices and harp, performed by Winchester College Chapel Choir, with harpist, Katie Salamon, directed by Malcolm Archer.


About this release

The album features music for upper voices and harp by 20th century composers Benjamin Britten and Gustav Holst. A collaboration in 2017 between Winchester College Chapel Choir and British harpist Katie Salomon, the recording captures the trebles (boys) at their best under the masterful direction of Malcolm Archer. Alongside A Ceremony of Carols and excerpts from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (sung in English) is a performance of Britten’s Suite for Harp by Katie Salomon.

CD Booklet
  • I. Procession - Benjamin Britten
  • II. Wolcum Yole! - Benjamin Britten
  • III. There is no Rose - Benjamin Britten
  • IVa. That yongë child - Benjamin Britten
  • IVb. Balulalow - Benjamin Britten
  • V. As dew in Aprille - Benjamin Britten
  • VI. This little Babe - Benjamin Britten
  • VII. Interlude - Benjamin Britten
  • VIII. In Freezing Winter Night - Benjamin Britten
  • IX. Spring Carol - Benjamin Benjamin
  • X. Deo Gracias - Benjamin Benjamin
  • XI. Recession - Benjamin Britten
  • I. Overture - Benjamin Britten
  • II. Toccata - Benjamin Britten
  • III. Nocturne - Benjamin Britten
  • IV. Fugue - Benjamin Britten
  • V. Hymn - Benjamin Britten
  • I. Hymn to the Dawn - Gustav Holst
  • II. Hymn to the Waters - Gustav Holst
  • III. Hymn to Vena - Gustav Holst
  • IV. Hymn of the Travellers - Gustav Holst
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Commissioned Programme Note

Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols Op.28 was composed in 1942 on board a Swedish cargo vessel – the Axel Johnson, as Britten and Pears returned to England after three very successful years in the United States. The journey took almost a month and must have been very tedious since conditions on board were hardly luxurious. Read more

Production Credits

Catalogue Number CR045
Trebles Winchester College Quiristers
Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Andrew King
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 8, 9 February & 29 August 2017
Venue Winchester College Chapel, Winchester College

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