Britten: Saint Nicolas, Ceremony Of Carols
Label: Signum Records
Pryce, Sally; Almeida-Rosser, Zachary; Hannah Brine Choirs; Hertfordshire Chorus, members; BBC Concert Orchestra; Helsby, Genevieve; Milton, Caroline; Coldfall Primary School Choir; Golon, Erykah; Gosling, Lara; Brister, Alison; Temple, David; Saunders, Elodie; Crouch End Festival Chorus; Le Brocq, Mark; Zolynski, Rosemary
Crouch End Festival Chorus presents two Britten classics: Saint Nicolas and A Ceremony of Carols. Full of vibrancy and drama, Saint Nicolas is performed alongside the fabulous BBC Concert Orchestra and features tenor Mark Le Brocq as well as Coldfall Primary School Choir, members of Hertfordshire Chorus and Hannah Brine Choirs. The ever-popular A Ceremony of Carols is performed with harpist Sally Pryce, with both works conducted by David Temple. A Ceremony of Carols (1942/3) and Saint Nicolas (1948) are the earliest works that Benjamin Britten composed for public performance primarily for boys’ voices. These performances, recorded here at London’s All Saint’s Church and Alexandra Palace Theatre, truly show how glorious these two pieces of music are, and why they have remained so popular.