A Ceremony of Carols (Britten) & An English Day-Book (Poston) (CD)
Another highlight of Scotland’s musical life comes from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) National Girls Choir.
Joined by Claire Jones, the official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Christopher Bell leads performances of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, An English Day-Book – an exciting rarity by English composer Elizabeth Poston – and two contemporary works by Scottish composer Oliver Iredale Searle and Irish composer Stephen Deazley.
★★★★★ This debut recording by Christopher Bell’s NYCoS National Girls Choir could so easily have been just another recording of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, but for two things: the wholesome confidence of the choir itself … and the successful partnering of Britten’s masterpiece with Elizabeth Poston’s edgy and colourful An English Day-Book – The Scotsman
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