The Scottish Festival Singers - The Cathedral Christmas Album British Product Audio Samples Available

The Cathedral Christmas Album by The Scottish Festival Singers

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Christmas, CD, Album, Choral
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16 Christmas songs recorded at Edinburgh's Old St Luke's Church.

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  1. 1. O Come, O Come Immanuel
  2. 2. Angels From The Realms
  3. 3. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
  4. 4. While Shepherds Watched
  5. 5. The First Nowell
  6. 6. See Amid The Winterís Snow
  7. 7. Away In A Manger
  8. 8. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  9. 9. What Child Is This
  10. 10. Silent Night
  11. 11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  12. 12. O Come All Ye Faithful
  13. 13. As With Gladness
  14. 14. Joy To The World
  15. 15. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  16. 16. Christians Awake
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Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Warning: although titled as 'The Cathedral Christmas Album' the choir is The Scottish Festival Singers and the venue is Old St Luke's Church, Edinburgh so neither can be described as from, of or in a Cathedral. That is not to say that The Scottish Festival Singers cannot sing - they do so very well and we congratulate conductor Ian McCorie and organist John P Kitchen as well as the un-named and unpictured members of the choir. The repertoire is safe to the point of predictability and with only 16 songs there are more than a few standards that have been omitted, such as "Once In Royal David's City". (Isn't it against the law not to start a Cathedral carol service without "Once In Royal"?) However, it is certainly possible to tell the nativity story using these 16 songs from "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" to "Christians Awake" and there are far more hits than misses. However there is nothing here that makes the album stand out in the very crowded Christmas marketplace. There is no sense of place or history that we find from a specific cathedral choir and while all the arrangements are safe there is nothing that grabs the attention and makes us listen to the old song telling the old story in a fresh way. The positives are the traditional content sung in the traditional way and sold at a very reasonable price but unless this is your first Christmas CD you will have at least some of the content already.

Style: Choral
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 145306
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Elevation ELE1990D
Items: 1
Release Date: 18 Nov 2013

16 Christmas songs recorded at Edinburgh's Old St Luke's Church.

When you think of Christmas, then the sound of carols is never far away. This album provides your favourite Christmas Carols sung by The Scottish Festival Singers recorded in Edinburgh to provide the perfect sound of Christmas.

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Another set of traditional hymns, produced by Chris Norton, at a church in Edinburgh.

For more information about The Scottish Festival Singers, check the The Scottish Festival Singers Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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