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I saw three ships

traditional English carol
author of text

This is not the familiar, jig-like tune generally associated with these words, but another English folk tune (or rather, children’s street song) which was wedded to the text by Martin Shaw in his valuable but little-known collection The English Carol Book in 1913. John Rutter’s setting was made for The Bach Choir in 1977.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2002


Rutter: The John Rutter Christmas Album
CSCD510Download only


Track 19 on CSCD510 [2'10] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD510 track 19

Recording date
0 April 1993
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes
Hyperion usage
  1. Rutter: The John Rutter Christmas Album (CSCD510)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: November 2002
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