A Vaughan Williams Christmas
Vaughan Williams was (with Cecil Sharp) one of the foremost collectors of folk songs from 1903 and collected many traditional carols as well. This collection is of carols as Vaughan Williams arranged them. He also wrote four completely new carols for the Oxford Book of Carols which hare also included on the album (tracks 12 to 15). The recording concludes with the first complete recording of 'Nine Carols for Male Voices', commissioned by the British Council in 1941 for performance by and for British troops serving in Iceland.
The album, nearly half of which is accounted for by world premiere recordings, was made in February 2018 in St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea conducted by William Vann. Hugh Rowlands accompanies 13 of the 24 tracks on the church's Willis organ.
1-8. Eight Traditional English Carols (1919)
9-10. Two Carols (1945)
11-15. Carols from The Oxford Book of Carols (1928)
16-24. Nine Carols for male voices (1941)