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COR16004 Hodie: An English Christmas Collection

A collection of English Christmas music of the 20th century by Howells, Britten, Tavener, Leighton and Warlock. Based around Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, this disc highlights music by many of the finest contemporary composers and demonstrates their keen awareness of the past when writing festive music.

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers


'Outstanding, irrespective of the season' Gramophone magazine

Track Listings


William Walton (1902-1983)
1. Make we joy now in this fest

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
2. Coventry Carol

Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990)
3. A babe is born

Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
4. The Virgin's Cradle Song

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
5. A Hymn to the Virgin

John Tavener (b.1944)
6. The Lamb

Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols
7. Procession
8. Wolcum Yole!
9. There is no rose
10. That yönge child
11. Balulalow
12. As dew in Aprille
13. This little Babe
14. Interlude
15. In freezing winter night
16. Spring Carol
17. Deo Gracias!
18. Recession

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
19. Sing lullaby

Peter Hayward (b. 1955)
20. Lute book lullaby

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
21. A spotless rose

Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
22. Corpus Christi
23. Balulalow
24. Benedicamus Domino

John Gardner (b. 1917)
25. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Total Playing Time: 53.07