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Track(s) taken from KGS0007

In the bleak mid-winter

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Hugo Herman-Wilson (bass), King's College Choir Cambridge, Sir Stephen Cleobury (conductor), Douglas Tang (organ)
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Recording details: March 2014
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Simon Kiln
Engineered by Arne Akselberg & Richard Hale
Release date: October 2014
Total duration: 4 minutes 32 seconds

Other recordings available for download

Aaron Webber (treble), Matthew Vine (tenor), Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Iain Simcock (organ)
The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)
The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (conductor)
Huddersfield Choral Society, Joseph Cullen (conductor), Darius Battiwalla (organ)
Jesus College Choir Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor), Timothy Lambourn (organ)
James Micklethwaite (tenor), King's College Choir Cambridge, Sir Stephen Cleobury (conductor), Henry Websdale (organ)
The Hallé Children's Choir, The Hallé Youth Choir, The Hallé Choir, The Hallé Orchestra, Stephen Bell (conductor)


'The choir's glory remains its boy trebles, whose gleaming descants, vibrato-free production and tonal freshness are invariably the icing on the cake in these typically polished, debonair performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'King’s Choir is clearly in excellent shape' (The Sunday Times)

'If you want a disc of well-loved carols and one which offers the 'imprimatur' of the King's College Choir then this disc will serve you well. The choir is on fine form, the three Organ Scholars between them provide expert accompaniments to many of the carols and the performances have been well recorded … a generous selection of mostly traditional seasonal fare … satisfyingly performed' (MusicWeb International)
There are two popular settings of Christina Rossetti’s In the bleak mid-winter—Gustav Holst’s, which appears in the standard hymnals and carol collections, and the present one by Harold Darke (1888–1976). Darke, like several other composers represented on this disc, was a product of the Royal College of Music, studying composition with Stanford and the organ with Sir Walter Parratt, who had himself been a church organist from the age of eleven. Darke held the post of organist and choirmaster of St Michael’s, Cornhill, in the City of London, for fifty years from 1916, except for a wartime break when he stood in at King’s College, Cambridge, from 1941 to 1945. He founded the St Michael’s Singers and was an organ professor at the RCM from 1919 until 1969, by which time he was well past his eightieth birthday. Darke’s more substantial compositions include the cantatas Ring out, ye crystal spheres and An Hymn of Heavenly Beauty.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

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