The Very Best Time of Year

The Very Best Time of Year CD cover

Composers throughout the centuries have been captivated by the mystery and wonder of the festive season. Some of the most enchanting melodies appear at Christmas, all filled with a sense of anticipation and promise.

This album brings together some of our favourite seasonal pieces: from renaissance composers including Byrd and Morales, through to the 21st century with Bob Chilcott and Sally Beamish. As singers, we cherish this music, and know that we are lucky to be custodians of such a treasure trove. We hope this collection brings listeners the same joy we had while performing it – during the very best time of year.

CD and digital release date: 9 December 2023

CDs of The Very Best Time of Year are available to order via PayPal for £12, including UK P&P.

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Cambridge Chorale · The Very Best Time of Year

Track listing

1 Laetentur coeli William Byrd
2 To Bethlem did they go Howard Skempton
3 O magnum mysterium Cristobal de Morales
4 Adam lay ybounden Owain Park
5 Jingle Bells James Lord Pierpont, arr. Ben Parry
6 A tender shoot Kerensa Briggs
7 Gabriel’s Message Jim Clements
8 O little one sweet Johann Sebastian Bach
9 The Holy Child Owain Park
10 A Winter Bloom Owain Park
11 A Great and Mighty Wonder Michael Praetorius, arr. Erling Pederson
12 Today the Virgin John Tavener
13 Here is the little door Owain Park
14 In the stillness Sally Beamish
15 The Pear Tree Carol Bob Chilcott
16 Away in a manger arr. Reginald Jacques
17 Balulalow Francis Pott
18 I Wonder as I Wander Owain Park
19 Nesciens mater Jean Mouton
20 Silent Night Franz Gruber, arr. Simon Morley
21 Bethlehem Down Peter Warlock
22 The Very Best Time of Year John Rutter, arr. Owain Park