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A Very English Christmas

A Very English Christmas

Revel in the yuletide spirit with this wonderful collection of repertoire that provides a musical breath of fresh air at Christmas, heralding the extraordinary talents of some of the most dedicated and less well-known individuals from English choral music.


Sumptuous performances, and perfectly judged sound

BBC Music Magazine

Release Date: 16 October 2015

Record Label: Bene Arte

Catalogue Number: SIGCD902

Location of Recording: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London

Total Running Time: 00:55:35

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# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart
1I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing InSimon Preston02:05£ Listen
2There is No RoseSimon Preston02:54£ Listen
3Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing DayJohn Gardner02:31£ Listen
4Love Came Down at ChristmasRichard Lloyd02:32£ Listen
5Rejoice and Be MerryChristopher Robinson01:55£ Listen
6The BirdsRichard Hickox01:55£ Listen
7Benedicamus DominoPeter Warlock01:21£ Listen
8Adam Lay YboundenPeter Warlock01:20£ Listen
9I Saw a Fair MaidenPeter Warlock03:47£ Listen
10BalulalowPeter Warlock02:05£ Listen
11As Drew in ApryllePeter Warlock01:52£ Listen
12Adam Lay YboundenPhilip Ledger02:01£ Listen
13On Christmas DaySimon Preston03:49£ Listen
14On Christmas NightPhilip Ledger02:16£ Listen
15I Sing of a MaidenArnold Bax04:19£ Listen
16No Small WonderPaul Edwards02:43£ Listen
17There is No RoseJonathan Lane02:39£ Listen
18Come Rock His CradleRichard Knight04:27£ Listen
19I Sing of a MaidenAlec Redshaw02:10£ Listen
20BalulalowJohn Gardner02:37£ Listen
21Mary Walked Through a Wood of ThornPhilip Radcliffe02:00£ Listen
22A Gallery CarolJohn Gardner02:19£ Listen
# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart

Sumptuous performances, and perfectly judged sound

BBC Music Magazine

It’s an astute amalgam, with the common denominator of Tenebrae’s superb singing.

The Telegraph – Best Classical CDs for Christmas

Every voice part is constantly alert to the expressive possibilities of the music and crafts it all with care and musicality… [Tenebrae’s] peerless blend and ensemble is made all the more impressive by the variety and individuality of colour in each voice part.

Sinfini Music

The programme has been shrewdly chosen and though it includes a sprinkling of familiar pieces there is a pleasing amount of music that is less well-known. More pleasing still, all the latter pieces prove to be well worth hearing. It is probably superfluous to say that the performances by Tenebrae are top class – but they are.

The choir’s small size and distinctive timbre lend a totally fresh sound to these lovely carols, something I found utterly beguiling… impeccably blended and beautifully shaped at every turn.

MusicWeb International

One of the best discs to cross my desk this year, ‘A Very English Christmas’ features the beautiful voices and excellent musicianship of the British choir Tenebrae. The musical selections, by composers including Simon Preston, Richard Hickox, Peter Warlock and Philip Ledger, among others, are all first-rate, and so are the performances.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

All the items are beautifully performed in Tenebrae’s trademark style.

Planet Hugill

… this uplifting album captures all the passion and precision for which the choir is renowned.

The Lady Magazine