Yulefest: Christmas music from Trinity College Cambridge
Yulefest!—Christmas music from Trinity College Cambridge, with Stephen Layton
Classic FM Album of the Week, from Monday 14 December, after 10am.
On this new collection from the ever-excellent choir of Trinity College Cambridge, lesser known Christmas music from Nordic countries rubs shoulders with superb close-harmony arrangements of festive favourites.
Among the highlights are: an exhilaratingly cheeky version of Jingle Bells, originally written for The Swingle Singers; Ola Gjeilo's arrangement of Holst's In the bleak mid-winter which has an American a cappella feel; and Owain Park's arrangement of Have yourself a merry little Christmas sets the tune is full of jazz-tinged harmonic twists.
All in all, this is a diverse collection, superbly performed by a choir whose enjoyment of the music is evident in every track.