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'Long Long Ago' Chichester Cathedral Choir Release Christmas CD (posted 13 December 2016)

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'Long, Long Ago: Christmas Music from Chichester'

Chichester Cathedral Choir release Christmas CD

The reputed Chichester Cathedral Choir have been delighting audiences with their festive performances, both at the Cathedral's services and the Chichester Festival Theatre Christmas Concerts.  Choral music captures the hope and quiet awe of Christmas, and now Chichester Cathedral Choir have caught that stunning sound on a new CD of classical Christmas music.

This beautiful recording 'Long, Long Ago' includes some familiar festive favourites as well as some rarer choral gems, each associated with the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.  The Christmas music sung by the choir includes works by Howells, Poulenc, Mathias, Barber and Bach.

Organist and Master of the Choristers, Charles Harrison, directed the recording and explains: "For centuries, the themes associated with  the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany have proved to be a rich seam of inspiration for composers of texts and music.  Advent is a time of quiet excitement and expectation; the Nativity contrasts the tenderness of mother and child with the exuberant celebration of a promise fulfilled.  Solemnity, symbolism and a hint of Eastern exoticism characterise the Epiphany, the period during which the full meaning of the Christmas story is apprehended."

This CD will be an indispensable addition to the collection of choral music enthusiasts, but also provides a beautiful classical alternative to carols or pop songs for other listeners.  'Long, Long Ago' is now available to purchase on CD from the Cathedral shop or can be ordered by calling 01243 813599.

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