Carols from Royal Holloway

Festive music and readings for Christmas



The Choir of Royal Holloway is one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. Its first recording on Edition Peters Sounds brings together the music, atmosphere and ethos of Christmas at Royal Holloway in the Chapel, celebrating with both sacred and secular music.

The album presents a broad mix of old and new complete with contemporary arrangements of familiar carols and pieces the Baltic states. Several pieces have not been recorded before, including an upper voice setting of William Blake’s The Lamb by American composer George Whitefield Chadwick. New contemporary arrangements include Away in a manger by the Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo. There are three arrangements by Royal Holloway musicians: O little one sweet (by a Royal Holloway choral scholar), Silent Night (by Rupert Gough) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by a former choral scholar. Also previously unrecorded are original compositions by James Burton and Rihards Dubra.

Edition Peters Sounds

Featuring James Kealey (organ) and Cecily Beer (harp)

Readings by Prunella Scales and Timothy West

Catalogue number: EPS003

UPC 700461442318

Released on: November 30th, 2015


  • O come, O come Emmanuel - Arr. John Rutter
  • Adam lay y’bounden - Howard Skempton
  • A tender shoot - OttoGoldschmidt
  • Gabriel’s message - Arr. Jim Clements
  • READING: Softly the night is sleeping
  • Sussex Carol - Arr. DavidWillcocks
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Maria Wiegenlied - Max Reger, arr. R. Proulx
  • Silent Night - Arr. RupertGough
  • READING: The Oxen - Thomas Hardy
  • The Lamb - G.W. Chadwick
  • Away in a manger - Ola Gjeilo
  • READING: TheSheepdog - U.A. Fanthorpe
  • O little one sweet - Alexander Turner
  • A child’s prayer - Rihards Dubra
  • Bogoroditsye Dyevo- Arvo Pärt
  • READING: Christmas - John Betjeman
  • On Christmas Night - James Burton
  • O come, all ye faithful - Arr.David Willcocks
  • READING: Christmas Bells - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Ding dong merrily on high - Arr. MackWilberg
  • Sleigh ride - Arr. Thomas Trotter (organ solo)
  • Jingle Bells - Arr. Ben Parry
  • Have yourself a merry littleChristmas - Martin/Blane, arr. Tom Robson

Additional Information

Item Number: EPS003
Format: Compact Disks
Barcode: 0700461442318

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