Aeolian Singers - The Nativity And Other Christmas Music By Peter Skellern British Product Audio Samples Available

The Nativity And Other Christmas Music By Peter Skellern by Aeolian Singers

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Choral, CD, Stage Musical, Album, Independent, Recommended, Christmas, Top Rated, Popular
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A popular Hertfordshire choir singing Christmas pieces penned by '70s hitmaker Peter Skellern.

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  1. 1. In The Beginning Was The World
  2. 2. In A Street In Bethlehem
  3. 3. Look At The Star
  4. 4. 'Ere Dad!
  5. 5. Magnificat
  6. 6. When Mary Had Her Baby
  7. 7. Lullay
  8. 8. Angels Sang
  9. 9. Lullaby
  10. 10. Love Divine Is Coming
  11. 11. So Said The Angel
  12. 12. How Long The Night
  13. 13. Waiting For The World
  14. 14. Were You There-
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

If, like me, you vividly remember Peter Skellern's Top 10 hit in 1972 "You're A Lady", you will approach this album with fascination. Skellern is the president of the Aeolian Singers, one of Hertfordshire's leading choirs whose choral repertoire takes in "music from Buxtehude to Bernstein". So what of 'The Nativity' which Skellern specially wrote for the choir and was given its world premier in 2003? It really gets going with the third piece, "Look At The Star", where a brass band (Skellern's speciality you will remember) bring a delightful counterpoint to the children's choir (Royal Masonic School For Girls) while "Ere Dad" written in core-blimey cockney vernacular is a clever telling of Joseph and Mary being given the stable by a reluctant inn keeper. Then "Magnificat" shows the choir in fine voice and though the work isn't quite up there with Handel it does convey the quiet wonder of Mary. The concluding piece of 'The Nativity', "Angels Sang" succeeds in conjuring up images of a massed choir of angels and again the mix of choir and the Chameleon Brass works well. To fill out the CD there's a selection of other Skellern Christmas songs with five of his carols and a piece "Waiting For The Word" he wrote for BBC's Songs Of Praise in 2001. Overall, a refreshing and inventive telling of the Christmas story with not a sleigh bell cliché in earshot.

Style: Choral
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 20503
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2005

A popular Hertfordshire choir singing Christmas pieces penned by '70s hitmaker Peter Skellern.

Posted by N. Platts in Tetbury Glos. at 18:46 on Apr 22 2011

Many years ago I heard the original Songs of Praise program in which Peter Skellern sang Waitng for the Word song (in 2001, I thnk!). Can you please tell me where I might obtain a copy of Peter Skellens solo version of this very inspiring song. It has been a great source of comfort to me.



Posted by Dan Coulston in Plymouth Devon England at 12:30 on Oct 20 2012

Have you had a reply? I also remember the Songs of Praise programme, and actually had it recorded on video at the time, but it got over-written. Would love to see it again, or hear Peter Skellern singing it on a cd.

Posted by Dan Coulston in Plymouth Devon at 14:37 on Nov 2 2012

Further to my last posting, when I had this recording on video, I happened to take down the lyrics, so if it is any help, I could let you have them. The words of the song are so good, they go some way in making up for the actual performance by Peter Skellern.

Posted by Mike Shenton in Halesowen, West Midlands at 17:11 on Dec 7 2017

Profound! I'm going to ask to have it played at my funeral. Is their a CD in existance with Peter Skellern performing it solo on the piano??

Mike Shenton's rating: 10/10

Posted by Rainer N. in Germany at 19:50 on Aug 26 2018

How can I get this record to Germany?!
I love his Music.

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