Live From The Chapel Of The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

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01Radio 3 Live In Concert20121219

Live from the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Presented by Christopher Cook

A feast of English music for Christmas from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra

John Tavener: A Christmas Proclamation: God is with us

Arnold Bax: Mater ora filium

John Ireland: The Holy Boy

Gerald Finzi: Dies Natalis

Nicky Spence tenor

Edward Price baritone

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Hill conductor

Three contrasting but much-loved English seasonal favourites lie at the heart of this Christmas programme from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra. Gerald Finzi's solo cantata "Dies natalis" sets Thomas Traherne's ecstatic words to music of rapturous beauty, while Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia is a high-spirited sequence of traditional carols which takes the listener on a musical journey from Advent to New Year, and Herbert Howells' beautifully-wrought carol-anthems for a cappella choir have become modern choral classics.

Completing the programme, Finzi's evocation of a frosty Christmas Eve, Arnold Bax's hymn to the Virgin Mary, and other choral and orchestral works for the Festive Season by British composers.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20121219

Live from the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Presented by Christopher Cook

A feast of English music for Christmas from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra

Gerald Finzi: In terra pax

Herbert Howells: Three Carol-Anthems

Frank Bridge: Christmas dance: Sir Roger de Coverley

Peter Warlock: (arr Hill): Bethlehem Down

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Nicky Spence tenor

Edward Price baritone

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Hill conductor

Three contrasting but much-loved English seasonal favourites lie at the heart of this Christmas programme from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra. Gerald Finzi's solo cantata "Dies natalis" sets Thomas Traherne's ecstatic words to music of rapturous beauty, while Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia is a high-spirited sequence of traditional carols which takes the listener on a musical journey from Advent to New Year, and Herbert Howells' beautifully-wrought carol-anthems for a cappella choir have become modern choral classics.

Completing the programme, Finzi's evocation of a frosty Christmas Eve, Arnold Bax's hymn to the Virgin Mary, and other choral and orchestral works for the Festive Season by British composers.