New Releases: Christmas Carols with Libera; Music for Advent and Christmas – Choir of Westminster School

9 December 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 12 December 2019, 18:01

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By Sian Hamer

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: Christmas Carols with Libera and Now May We Singen: Music for Advent and Christmas by the Choir of Westminster School.

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Christmas Carols with Libera
Christmas Carols with Libera. Picture: Invisible Hands Music

Christmas Carols with Libera

Invisible Hands Music

If you’re still trying to choose the perfect soundtrack to accompany the festive period – maybe this could be the one.

The all-boy English vocal group Libera returns with another Christmas album, following a succession of highly popular festive CDs.

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This latest release is made up of 16 festive favourites to get you into the Christmas spirit, including ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Carol of the Bells’ and The Snowman’s ‘Walking in the Air’.

Directed by British composer Robert Prizeman, Libera is made up of boys from the London area, all between the ages of seven to 16. The group regularly performs across the world, and has attracted a large following from the US, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan.

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Now May We Singen: Music for Advent and Christmas by the Choir of Westminster School
Now May We Singen: Music for Advent and Christmas by the Choir of Westminster School. Picture: Signum

Now May We Singen: Music for Advent and Christmas by the Choir of Westminster School

Signum Classics

The ranging and diverse traditions of Advent and Christmas are explored in this new album from the Choir of Westminster, who unite traditions old and new in a collection of choral works.

The festive CD is filled with carols from fourteen composers, all from different generations and bringing their own unique musical legacies – including Mendelssohn, Roxanna Panufnik, Rutter and more.

Read more: The history of the Christmas carol >

Timothy Garrard directs the choir and the school’s organist Ben Bloor, who all come together to bring the contrasting choral classics to life with their musical gifts.