Elin Manahan Thomas
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Farnham Youth Choir
John Rutter, conductor
No living composer has come to be more closely associated with Christmas than John Rutter: for more than thirty years, his carols and other seasonal choral music have been an indispensable feature of Christmas celebrations worldwide.
Inspired by the success of his much-loved annual Christmas concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, this major new recording, for release in November 2008, features première recordings of over a dozen brandnew compositions and arrangements for Christmas by John Rutter, together with his own personal selection of seasonal choral and orchestral favourites by other composers.
Recorded in the splendid setting of London’s Cadogan Hall, this is the first all-new Christmas release from Rutter’s celebrated Cambridge Singers for 20 years, and
the first ever to feature the glorious sound of full symphony orchestra and organ.
John Rutter directs the Cambridge Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the award-winning Farnham Youth Choir alongside guest soloists Melanie Marshall, Clara Sanabras and Elin Manahan Thomas, for an unforgettable festival of Christmas music.
“The sparkling fanfare introducing 'O come, all ye faithful' gives a typical flavour, Rutter gleefully using the full resources of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to light the soundstage up with seasonal glitter.”
BBC Music Magazine, December 2008