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City of London Choir Naxos Début – In Terra Pax, A Christmas Anthology

September 24, 2009

Naxos is releasing a delightful album of Christmas choral music in November this year. Recorded in July 2009 in the Concert Hall, The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset and at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith, London, In Terra Pax is the Naxos début recording for soprano Julia Doyle, The City of London Choir, artistic director Hilary Davan Wetton and Mark Williams, organ & piano. Fans of baritone Roderick Williams will be delighted to know that he, too, performs on this beautiful Christmas collection, which features An Angel Playing a Flageolet by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833–98) on the cover. Mr Williams sings on a number of Naxos recordings, including FINZI Earth and Air and Rain, To a Poet, By Footpath and Stile (English Song Vol 15, 8.557963), FINZI I Said to Love, Let Us Garlands Bring, Before and After Summer (English Song Vol 12, 8.557644), IRELAND 5 Poems, We’ll to the Woods No More, Sea Fever, Santa Chiara (English Song Vol 18, 8.570467), VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Songs of Travel, The House of Life (English Song Vol 14, 8.557643) and VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Willow-Wood, The Sons of Light, Toward the Unknown Region (8.557798).

A Sublime Selection Of English Choral Christmas Music
Available in November 2009

IN TERRA PAX – a Christmas Anthology
HOLST Christmas Day, JOUBERT There is no rose, MATHIAS Sir Christèmas, HOWELLS Here is the little door, A spotless Rose, FINZI In terra pax – Christmas scene, WARLOCK Three carols, LEIGHTON A hymn of the Nativity, RUTTER What sweeter music GARDNER Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, MATHIAS A babe is born, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Folk songs of the four
Julia Doyle, soprano • Roderick Williams, baritone
Mark Williams, organ and piano • City of London Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor


Performances of carols both ancient and modern have become central to the celebration of Christmas. The choral music on this disc includes Holst’s surprisingly neglected Christmas Day, as well as music by Leighton, Joubert, Mathias, Gardner and Rutter. The nostalgic mood of Howells’s evergreen carol anthems is echoed in Finzi’s In terra pax, which recalls the pealing of bells at midnight on a frosty Christmas Eve. The City of London Choir, which enjoys an enviable reputation as a ‘leader among nonprofessional choruses’ (The Times), makes its Naxos début with this delightful recording.


Julia Doyle, soprano

‘crystal-clear, beautiful voice’ (Abderdeen Press and Journal)

The City of London Choir

Photo courtesy of Harry Adam

‘one of the country’s leading amateur outfits – does away with stiff British reserve.’
(The Guardian)

Hilary Davan Wetton, artistic director

Hilary Davan Wetton has been Artistic Director of the City of London Choir since 1989.

Mark Williams, organ & piano

Mark Williams was appointed Assistant Conductor and Principal Accompanist to the City of London Choir in 2001.

Daisy Hutchison has kindly provided photographs taken during the recording sessions for
In Terra Pax.

Related Title:

HOWELLS Hymnus paradisi, Sir Patrick Spens
Claire Rutter, soprano • James Gilchrist, tenor • Roderick Williams, baritone
The Bach Choir • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • David Hill, conductor


Roderick Williams, baritone

Roderick Williams is an exceptionally versatile artist whose intelligent musicality is admired in music from Monteverdi to Maxwell Davies. He sings on a number of acclaimed Naxos recordings.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Photo courtesy of Chris Zuidyk

One of Britain’s most respected orchestras, the Bournemouth Symphony can be heard on many outstanding Naxos recordings.


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