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New album release – Roderick Williams Queen Elizabeth’s Winchester Carol 

Roderick Williams

St Martin’s Voices, directed by Andrew Earis, presents a selection of contemporary choral works for the Christmas season.


St Martin’s Voices
Polina Sosnina (organ)
Andrew Earis (conductor)

In this, their debut recording with Resonus Classics, St Martin’s Voices presents a selection of contemporary choral works for the Christmas season. With settings of poetry from the fifteenth century to the present day, these new carols explore themes of winter snowscapes, the anticipation and contemplation of Advent, the Christmas story as seen by the women at its heart, and the joy of coming in from the cold to celebrate together.

In a programme made entirely of premiere recordings, this album features works by Cecilia McDowall, Roderick Williams and Lucy Walker, Bob Chilcott and others.

Queen Elizabeth’s Winchester Carol, also known as ‘The Royal Carol’ uses a poem by King Henry VIII and equates the ever-green holly and ivy with the constancy of love. Composed for unaccompanied SATB divisi, and duration 3 minutes.

See more at Resonus Classics website here.
Listen to Queen Elizabeth’s Winchester Carol on Spotify here.