- 1O Come, O Come, EmanuelArr. Robert Ampt
- 2O Radient DawnJames MacMillan
- 3Once in Royal David's CityArr. Sir David Willcocks
- 4I Saw Three ShipsArr. P. Marshall
- 5God Rest You Merry, GentlemenArr. Robert Ampt
- 6Adam Lay YboundenBoris Ord
- 7O Thou, the Central OrbCharles Wood
- 8Sussex CarolArr. Philip Ledger
- 9While Shepherds watched their Flocks By NightArr. Robert Ampt
- 10Personent HodieArr. Gustav Holst
- 11Ave Verum CorpusArr. Colin Mawby
- 12O little Town of BethlehemArr. Ralph Vaughan WIlliams
- 13Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing DayJohn Gardner
- 14Magnificat (from Collegium Regale)Charles Wood
- 15Nunc Dimittis (from Collegium Regale)Charles Wood
- 16Angels from the Realms of GloryArr. Robert Ampt
- 17Ding dong! Merrily on highArr. Stuart Nicholson
- 18O come, all ye faithfulArr. David Willcocks
- 19Joy to the World!Arr. Robert Ampt
- 20In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729Johann Sebastian Bach
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The Very Best Christmas Carols
Whitgift Chamber Choir, The Choirs of Croydon Minster, Ronny Krippner
- ComposersVarious Artists
- ChoirsWhitgift Chamber Choir & The Choirs of Croydon Minster
- DirectorRonny Krippner
- OrganTom Little
- EngineerAndy Gammon
- EngineerGary Cole
- ProducerGary Cole
- Creative DirJohn Bevan
- Exec ProducerAdrian Green
The School was founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, Elizabeth I’s last Archbishop of Canterbury, and opened in 1600, making it Croydon’s oldest school. Haling Park, to which the School moved in 1931, was at one time the home of Lord Howard of Effingham, Lord High Admiral of the Fleet sent against the Armada. The present Headmaster, Dr Christopher Barnett, is the twenty-sixth in the School’s history. Whitgift entered an exciting new chapter in 2013, with the opening of a state-of-the-art boarding house. The School offers an inspirational environment, and is proud of its outstanding facilities, first-class record of academic achievement, and rich co-curricular offering.
Singing plays an important role at Whitgift, and the School boasts a number of excellent choirs. The Whitgift Choristers are an auditioned boys’ choir, providing the treble line for Whitgift School’s flagship choral ensemble, the Whitgift Chamber Choir. Both choirs regularly sing Evensong in the splendour of Croydon Minster, and perform at major venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral and the Royal Festival Hall. Although there is a clear focus on traditional English Cathedral Music, the Chamber Choir is regularly involved in exiting choral projects: the choir recently premièred Jonathan Dove’s epic WW1 cantata ‘For an Unknown Soldier’ which received high critical acclaim and, last month, gave a concert featuring several of Bach’s monumental motets. Following a very successful concert tour to Germany in the summer, the Whitgift Chamber Choir has just released its first CD recording, ‘Christmas Carols from Croydon Minster’, which is available for purchase after the concert.
Whitgift School has very close links with Croydon Minster and operates a Minster Choristership Scheme: boys with outstanding singing skills sing choral services regularly at the Minster (Tuesdays and Sundays) and receive up to 10% off their day fees, plus free flexi-boarding. Another exciting new initiative is the Choral & Organ Scholar Gap-Year Scheme, which started in September 2015. This offers young singers and organists, having completed their school or university education, an opportunity to perform cathedral repertoire at Croydon Minster and to work as departmental assistants at Whitgift School. Both schemes have already made quite an impact in Croydon and South London, and tonight the Minster Choristers and Choral Scholars form part of the Whitgift Chamber Choir.
Whitgift Chamber Choir & The Choirs of Croydon Minster
Whitgift Chamber Choir and the Choirs of Croydon Minster have collaborated on a fantastic new Christmas Carols CD.
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.
Whitgift is very proud of its close partnership with Croydon Minster; the Chamber Choir regularly sings in the splendour of the Minster, and the School provides Choristerships for Whitgift Choristers to sing in the Minster Boys’ Choir. This collaboration has resulted in outstanding choral services and concerts, and this CD is testament to the wonderful choral tradition at both Whitgift and Croydon Minster.
Ronny Krippner (Director)
Ronny Krippner is Organist and Director of Choral Music at Whitgift, and Croydon Minster. He is also Specialist Tutor of Organ Improvisation at Birmingham Conservatoire, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.
Born in Bavaria, he is in the unique position of having been raised 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’s famous boys’ choir (‘Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows’). 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 posts. After a period working at Newport Cathedral, Wales, Ronny moved to London, where he was Organist and Teacher of Music at King’s College School, Wimbledon. In addition, Ronny was Assistant Director of Music at the celebrated ‘Handel’s church’, St George’s, Hanover Square (London), with its professional choir and annual Handel Festival.
Being fascinated from an early age by organ improvisation, Ronny has made this a specialism. A 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. His DVD, ‘Ex Tempore – The Art of Organ Improvisation in England’, has been critically acclaimed.
Tom Little (Organist)
Tom Little is the Sub-Organist at Croydon Minster where he accompanies the Minster Choirs. He has also held positions at Southwark Cathedral, Ealing Abbey and King’s College, London.
Tom began his early musical training as a chorister at York Minster under the direction of Phillip Moore. At 13, he moved to Ampleforth College as a music scholar where he continued to take lessons in Piano, Violin and Voice. It was here that he took up the organ, studying with Simon Wright.
Leaving school in 2003 he spent a year at the Conservatoire Nationale d’Angers in France before moving to Truro. As a choral scholar in the Cathedral, he sang six services a week, participated in live broadcasts and several recordings. The following year, Tom decided to leave the stalls in favour of the loft and took up the organ scholarship. In 2006, Tom was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, where his principal professor was Margaret Phillips.
Since graduating, Tom has combined his duties at Croydon with a variety of freelance work. Recent highlights have included recitals at London cathedrals and a concert for the John Armitage Memorial, performing with Onyx Brass and Nicholas Cleobury. Tom also teaches at the London Oratory School, Whitgift School and sings regularly with choirs in London.