A Winchester Christmas
A Winchester Christmas is our first professional CD release and was recorded during 2008 in the outskirts of the city, in the historic church of St Cross - where we have celebrated the Advent season for over 20 years.

As with our sought-after live performances, music for our first CD has been carefully selected to take listeners on a journey of emotional and musical discovery.

The Christmas story unfolds through well-known and less familiar compositions from the pens of Berlioz, Bruckner, Howells and Rachmaninov; works by living composers including Sir John Tavener, Andrew Simpson and the American composers Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre; and favourite carols without which no traditional celebration would be complete. A complete list of the tracks can be found below. You can click on "PREVIEW" to listen to short extracts.

A Winchester Christmas features traditional favourites alongside music by a number of living musicians including Eric Whitacre, one of America's foremost composers.  His message of congratulation on the production of 'an excellent CD' was echoed by London-based Andrew Simpson who praised the high quality of the recording and told the choir's musical director, Charles Stewart, that he 'couldn't fault' Southern Voices' interpretation of his music.

Easy to purchase and easy to post, A Winchester Christmas costs £12 and can be obtained:
- online from Chameleon Arts

Alternatively, we can arrange mail order if you write to us using our online contact form.


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PLAYLIST
1 O come, all ye faithful
2 Chanticleer (trad arr Martin Shaw)
3 A tender shoot (Goldschmidt)
4 Ave Maria (Bruckner)
5 Hymn to the Mother of God (John Tavener)
6 O little town of Bethlehem (trad arr Vaughan Williams)
7 Out of your sleep (Nelson)
8 Surge, illuminare (Simpson)
9 Bogoroditse Devo (Rachmaninov)
10 Sussex Carol (trad arr Willcocks)
11 O magnum mysterium (Lauridsen) PREVIEW
12 It came upon the midnight clear
13 No small wonder (Edwards)
14 Lux Aurumque (Whitacre)
15 The shepherds’ farewell (Berlioz) PREVIEW
16 Here is the little door (Howells)
17 Benedicamus Domino (Warlock) PREVIEW
18 Hark! The herald angels sing
(total running time 61.44)