Christmas at St John’s

St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor)

The music on this CD devised by David Hill, Director of Music of St John’s College, Cambridge, is arguably more than the usual miscellany for the seasons of Advent and Christmastide. Although Dr Hill’s point of departure was the College’s Advent Sunday Service, the sequence of words and music takes the listener through a spiritual journey that starts in the darkness of Advent anticipation and continues to Christmas, the Epiphany and even (in Holst’s This have I done for my true love) to Easter with its promise of redemption. The space of the college chapel has been utilized imaginatively too, with music being performed in the Ante-Chapel, the Choir, and as processional hymns, to create a sense of physical movement beginning at the west end and concluding at the east. The carols, anthems, motets and hymns (many of which have direct associations with St John’s) are interspersed by antiphons (sentences from scripture that in the medieval church were sung before and after the Psalms and Canticles of the Divine Office) for the days prior to the Christmas Vigil.

label: Hyperion
Includes: Lullay My Liking
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