THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS CAROLS
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About this release
Christmas is a particularly busy time of year for the Chamber Choir of Whitgift School, and this recording represents a selection of the music sung by the boys and men of the Choir, at the annual Whitgift Carol Service, at Croydon Minster. The repertoire featured is wide-ranging; from the early sixteenth-century carol Personent Hodie, through to O Radiant Dawn by contemporary Scottish composer, James MacMillan. The five carol arrangements for choir, brass, percussion and organ were written by Robert Ampt, the City Organist of Sydney Town Hall, and add to the festive flavour of this carol CD.
About the artists
The Choir of Whitgift School is based at Croydon Minster, which is deeply rooted in the Anglican choral tradition. It boasts over 70 singers in its four choirs: the Choir of Boys & Men, the Girls’ Choir, the Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks. There are five choral services each week during term time, as well as regular concerts throughout the year. All choirs have toured, broadcast and recorded.
Over the years, the Minster has developed strong links with Whitgift School and the School has now become a major part of the Minster’s rich choral programme. More than half of the Minster boy choristers attend Whitgift School where they receive a Minster Choristership carrying a remission of day fees of 10%. Whitgift also provides postgraduate Organ and Choral Scholars, as well as professional Lay Clerks to sing regularly with the Minster Boys’ Choir, enabling the Minster to run a busy schedule of cathedral-style choral services.
Ronny Krippner is Organist and Director of Choral Music at Croydon Minster and Whitgift School (London).
Born in Bavaria, Ronny is in the unique position of having been formed in both the German and British choral traditions. He studied organ playing and improvisation with Prof. Franz-Josef Stoiber at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Regensburg while at the same time working as Assistant Choirmaster of the Regensburger Domspatzen” (“Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows”), Regensburg Cathedral’s famous boys’ choir. After graduating, Ronny went to Exeter University to take his master’s degree (M.A.) in “English Cathedral Music” whilst singing in the Cathedral Choir as a Choral Scholar. Building on these twin musical foundations, Ronny went on to take up various organist posts, including St George’s Church Hanover Square in London.
Being fascinated from an early age by organ improvisation, Ronny has made this a specialism. Finalist in the prestigious Organ Improvisation Competition in St Albans in 2009, he won two Prizes in the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Biarritz in the same year. From 2010-2013, Ronny was Specialist Lecturer for Organ Improvisation at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.
Ronny has recorded several CDs of organ and choir music and has frequently been heard performing on television and radio, both in Germany and the UK. He has given organ recitals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico and Australia.
- O come, O come, Emanuel - Arr. Robert Ampt
- O radient dawn - James MacMillan
- Once in Royal David's City - Arr. David Willcocks
- I saw three ships - Arr. P. Marshall
- God rest you merry, gentlemen - Arr. Robert Ampt
- Adam lay ybounden - Boris Ord
- O Thou, the central orb - Charles Wood
- Sussex Carol - Arr. Philip Ledger
- While shepherds watched their flocks by night - Arr. Robert Ampt
- Personent hodie - Arr. Gustav Holst
- Ave verum corpus - Arr. Colin Mawby
- O little town of Bethlehem - Arr. Ralph Vaughan WIlliams
- Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - John Gardner
- Magnificat (from Collegium Regale) - Charles Wood
- Nunc dimittis (from Collegium Regale) - Charles Wood
- Angels from the Realms of Glory - Arr. Robert Ampt
- Ding dong! Merrily on high - Arr. Stuart Nicholson
- O come, all ye faithful - Arr. David Willcocks
- Joy to the World! - Arr. Robert Ampt
- In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 - Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalogue Number: CR031
Choir Croydon Minster Choir of Whitgift School
Organ Tom Little
Conductor Ronny Krippner
Engineering Andy Gammon, Gary Cole
Mastering Gary Cole
Producer Gary Cole
Creative Director John Bevan
Exec Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 6, 7 February 2015
Venue Croydon Minster, London
Total Duration 68 mins