Silent Night played by 8 cellists in this candlelit church is exquisitely beautiful

6 December 2016, 18:53

Philharmonia cellos

Eight cellists from our Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia, just made Christmas 2016 very special.

Few things are more sonorous, striking or warming than the sound of a cello ensemble. 

Take eight of the finest cellists in the country, add the acoustic of church and Franz Xaver Gruber's abidingly beautiful carol (arranged by Richard Birchall), and you get this:

Silent Night – Cello Octet

The cellists of the Philharmonia Orchestra have recorded this beautiful version of the carol



The Philharmonia is giving you the chance to send this seasonal performance as a Christmas card to a fellow music-lover. Click here, and send the gift of cellos to someone this Christmas!

Our Orchestra on Tour has some fantastic performances coming up this month, from Tchaikovsky winter classics, to Bach and carols with the Choir of King's College Cambridge - take a look at their full seasonal schedule here.

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