Ralph Vaughan Williams: An Oxford Christmas

December 20, 2021, 9:00 am

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This recording focuses on arrangements made by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Oxford Book of Carols (1928). The preface tells us: “Variety in the method of singing is even more important than with hymns, and the verses should never be sung straight through all in the same way.” In this spirit, conductor William Vann has prepared the carols with a mixture of accompanied, unaccompanied, and solo verses. The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea presents the carols at their best, supported by the Henry Willis organ of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead.