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'Awake, Arise!'

Sheffield Philharmonic and Black Dyke Band bring a regional flavour to new Christmas CD

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is delighted to announce the launch of our latest CD recording, 'Awake, Arise! A Yorkshire Christmas Carol Collection for Brass and Voices'. Our exciting CD of Christmas music features the world famous Black Dyke Band and is available now for £12.95.

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Awake, Arise!

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This festive collection includes a selection of carols unique to Sheffield as well as some well-loved Christmas favourites.

Sheffield carols

Many of these carols were chosen for their connection with Yorkshire’s long choral tradition, or with Sheffield in particular. Local traditional carols have been sung around the area since the late 19th century. Written by local folk, they are sung with enthusiasm and joy, mostly in local pubs. For some in the region, Christmas begins on the Sunday after Armistice; a great wall of sound will greet the unwary in certain Sheffield pubs. Local carols on this recording include 'Awake, Arise', 'Hail, Smiling Morn!' and 'Christians, Awake'.

Philip Wilby, whose exquisite setting of 'The Word made Flesh' is recorded here, is a renowned Yorkshire composer and a former lecturer in composition at Leeds University. Max Taylor is a local composer whose 'Cradle Song' was given one of its first performances by the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and Sir Malcolm Sargent’s 'Earth’s Joy' is included as he was well known for his work with the great Yorkshire choirs, in particular Huddersfield Choral Society.

Festive Favourites

Well-loved Christmas classics include 'Joy to the World', 'I Saw Three Ships' and 'Hark! The Herald'. Darius Battiwalla’s arrangement of 'O Holy Night' was commissioned by the Chorus in memory of its former membership secretary, Miriam Gilchrist, and has become a firm favourite at our annual Christmas concerts at Sheffield City Hall.

Track List:

1. Christians, Awake (Wainright)
2. The Word Made Flesh (Philip Wilby, Soprano soloist: Magdalene Lake)
3. Earth’s Joy (arr. Sargent)
4. The Nutcracker Suite: March (Tchaikovsky, arr. Sparke)
5. Awake, Arise (Traditional; anon)
6. Tyre Mill (Rees) - Egypt (attr. Womack)
7. Diadem (Ellor)
8. Hail, Smiling Morn! (Spofforth, arr. Battiwalla)
9. The Snow Maiden: Dance of the Tumblers (Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Heaton)
10. I Saw Three Ships (Traditional, arr. Battiwalla)
11. Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing? (Fr. Traditional, arr. Barber)
12. Calypso Carol (Perry)
13. Lieutenant Kijé: Troika (Sleigh Ride) (Prokofiev, arr. Fernie)
14. Joy to the World (Mason)
15. Cradle Song (Max Taylor)
16. The Nutcracker Suite: Trepak (Russian Dance) (Tchaikovsky, arr. Wyss)
17. O Holy Night (Adam, arr. Battiwalla)
18. Hark the Herald-Angels sing (Mendelssohn)

The Black Dyke Band was formed in the early part of the 19th century, and is the most successful contesting band in the world, having won British and European championships, and made over 350 recordings - the most recorded brass band in the world. Their Musical Director is Dr Nicholas Childs. The Chorus and Band have enjoyed a close working relationship in recent years. We are very grateful to them for giving their services on this CD.

Darius Battiwalla has been Music Director of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus since 1997 and has extensive experience in arranging, performing and recording choral music. Equally at home on the organ, piano and harpsichord, he also teaches organ at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Neil Taylor is Organist and Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral, responsible for the Cathedral’s Choirs of boys, girls and men. Their CD recordings include a Classic FM Magazine CD of the Year.

Sheffield, November 2015

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