Carols from Chelsea
By The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea; James Orford; William Vann; William Vann. By Gruber; Gauntlett; Vaughan Williams; Bach; Howells; Byrd; Rutter; Pott; Traditional; Brahms; Darke; French; Adam; Ireland; Anderson; Berlin; Gardner. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.SOMMCD-0161).
Item Number: NX.SOMMCD-0161
SOMM celebrates Christmas this year with Carols from Chelsea, a delicious offering from the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea under their Director, William Vann. The Royal Hospital, founded in 1682 by Charles II, is the home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army. The Chapel Choir sings for the Sunday morning Matins service in the Royal Hospital's Wren Chapel during the year, but in December provides the music for carol services and other Christmas-themed events almost every day. This recording showcases some of the Choir's most cherished carol repertoire, alongside solo organ music performed by the Royal Hospital's Organ Scholar, James Orford, and a very special performance with Chelsea Pensioner and George Hatton. Many of the Royal Hospital's carol services begin wtih Franz Gruber's spine-tingling carol Stille Nacht, an especially moving carol to hear in the original German, given it's celebrated performance in the trenches on Christmas Day, 1914. Once in Royal David's City is the first of three carols that are usually sung with the full congregation, opening with the famous solo that captures the mood of Christmas like nothing else.