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Vidimus Gloriam Eius: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas

James Fellows (director)

Laurence John (organ)
Rory Moules (organ)

A complete liturgical recording of the traditional service for Christmas, combining old and new Carols with Lessons read by members of the Oxford Vaccine Group.

2 CDs



Hildegard von Bingen: O pastor animarum

Henry John Gauntlett transcr. James O'Donnell: Once in Royal David's City

Bidding Prayer: Welcome and Bidding Prayer

Felix Mendelssohn: Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden

Reading: The First Lesson

trad transcr. Robert Pearsall: In dulci jubilo

Reading: The Second Lesson

trad transcr. June Nixon: The holly and the ivy

Anon transcr. Stephen Cleobury: Joys Seven

Reading: The Third Lesson

Aaron King: A Spotless Rose

trad transcr. David Willcocks: Of the Father's Heart begotten

Reading: The Fourth Lesson

Carl Rütti: A Patre Unigenitus

trad transcr. Bob Chilcott: Sussex Carol

Reading: The Fifth Lesson

John Rutter: Dormi, Jesu

Reading: The Sixth Lesson

John Goss transcr. David Willcocks: See Amid the Winter's Snow

trad transcr. David Willcocks: Quelle est cette odeur agréable?

Reading: The Seventh Lesson

trad transcr. Robert Quinney: Sing Lullaby

trad transcr. David Willcocks: The First Nowell

Reading: The Eigth Lesson

Philip Stopford: Lully, Lulla, Lullay

John Henry Jr Hopkins transcr. Martin Neary: We Three Kings

Reading: The Ninth Lesson

John Rutter: What Sweeter Music

trad transcr. Mack Wilberg: Ding! Dong! Merrily on high

Bidding Prayer: The Collect, Proclamation, and Blessing

Philip Stopford: A Christmas Blessing

Anon transcr. Philip Ledger: Adeste Fideles

Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur

IX. Dieu parmi nous

Recorded in the Chapel of Keble College, Oxford, UK on 18th-20th August 2021
Front Cover Image: Jacopo di Mantua: The Visit of the Magi, Oratorio di San Michele, Padova
Booklet design: James Fellows, Rhys Harries, Sebastian Bosley & Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering, Editing & Mastering: Andrew Post
Recording Production: Benedict Wilson
Total Time: 107:50
Release Date: December 2021

Luceat Choir is rapidly establishing itself on the UK choral scene. Initially created in 2017 as a Cathedral visiting choir, the choir’s membership now consists of some of the finest young singers in the country. Members also sing in ensembles such as Genesis Sixteen, the Monteverdi Choir and Ex Cathedra, as well as holding scholarships in the UK’s premier collegiate and cathedral environments. Luceat also counts a number of more experienced professionals among its members, including many current or former lay clerks, who bring a wealth of wisdom and insight to the choir’s rich sound.

The choir recently released its first CD, Assumpta est Maria to acclaim (‘A very fine achievement’ Julian Lloyd Webber), premiering a number of lost works from the Renaissance. In 2022, Luceat will undertake its first international tour, to the United States, and will perform in St Thomas Fifth Avenue and St John the Divine New York, as part of a collaborative project with internationally acclaimed organist David Briggs. Recent concert performances
from Luceat have included Bach’s Matthäus Passion (2020) and Handel’s Messiah (2019). The choir’s specialisms lie largely in the Catholic tradition of polyphony and chant, as well as the rediscovery of earlier works.

James FellowsJames Fellows is Artistic Director and founder of Luceat, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. With Luceat he directed the first studentled performance in Oxford of Bach’s Mätthaus Passion, and at aged 21, directed their first recording Assumpta est Maria. In 2022, he will lead the choir at concerts in Keble College Oxford, St John the Divine and St Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York, alongside David Briggs. James’ academic research looks at the choral and liturgical tradition of San Petronio, Bologna during the sixteenth century. This project follows a distinction in his master’s thesis on a little-known polyphonic fragments found in both Bologna and at Lincoln Minster.

James is equally active as an organist, holding the positions of Organist at Pusey House and Graduate Organ Scholar at Trinity College Oxford. He has performed in venues across Europe and the UK on tour and recordings with the choirs of Keble College and St Giles’ Church, notably in the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi and Notre Dame de Paris. He regularly gives recitals, recently at Christchurch Cathedral, Blenheim Palace and The Queen’s College Oxford.

James is an Associate of the Royal College of Organist, studying organ with William Whitehead, and conducting with Hilary Davan Wetton.

HYMCD102     View Booklet     UPC: 722777291480     

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