The starlight, the shepherds, the angels and kings all tell us of Christ and the joy that he brings. So runs the chorus of a carol recorded here and set to an English traditional melody. Christmas is above all a time of celebration, and these recordings of no fewer than thirty carols vividly communicate the sense of joy and wonder which is at the heart of the Christmas message.
It has been specially recorded by Southwark Cathedral Choir to showcase The Carol Book, an exciting new publishing venture from the Royal School of Church Music.
The variety of carols on this disc is further emphasised by the use of the singers in various guises: boys and men, girls and men, boys alone, girls alone, and the full choir.
Trained by Peter Wright and Stephen Disley, South wark Cathedral Choir is a jewel in the crown of English Church music, all the more remarkable for having no choir school but training local boys and girls who come to sing for the joy of it. And it shows!